Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 54–62 | Cite as

Psychosocial effects of an intensive summer communication program for cleft palate children

  • John E. Lochman
  • Sara M. Haynes
  • Elizabeth Gosset Dobson


The preventative psychosocial effects of an intensive summer residential program for children with communication disorders related to cleft lip and palate are evaluated. Twelve children completed the five-week program. Following the program, the children increased their social interaction rates during observed interactions with nonhandicapped peers and according to parent ratings. Less difference existed between the children's perceived reinforcement value of peer interactions, and their expectancies for initiating such interactions. The limitations of these findings due to the small sample size and the lack of a control group are discussed. The value of multimethod measurement systems are also discussed.


Small Sample Size Social Interaction Social Psychology Measurement System Residential Program 
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© Human Sciences Press 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Lochman
    • 1
  • Sara M. Haynes
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Gosset Dobson
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Medical Psychology, Department of PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurham
  2. 2.Callier Center of Communication DisordersThe University of Texas at DallasDallasUSA
  3. 3.Part Cities Speech, Hearing and Language ClincUSA

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