Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 408–417 | Cite as

Effectiveness of a Social Skills Training Program with School Age Children: Transition to the Clinical Setting

  • Leslie Sim
  • Stephen P. Whiteside
  • Carrie A. Dittner
  • Michael Mellon
Original Paper


Interventions that mobilize the parents to coach and reinforce their children's social skills have been shown to improve children's social functioning and decrease inappropriate social behaviors in the home and at school. However, few studies have examined whether these treatment outcomes can be successfully transferred from the research to the clinical setting. We examined the effectiveness of a 12-session manualized social skills intervention involving parent participation. As part of regular clinical practice, measures of children's social skills, self-control, and psychopathology were collected pre- and post-treatment. Findings suggest that parent ratings of children's social skills and self-control improved and aggressive behavior decreased.


Social skills Children Parent-training Effectiveness Group therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie Sim
    • 1
  • Stephen P. Whiteside
    • 1
  • Carrie A. Dittner
    • 2
  • Michael Mellon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Peace CollegeChapel HillUSA

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