Research and Practice in Social Skills Training

  • Alan S. Bellack
  • Michel Hersen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. General Issues

  3. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Roger C. Rinn, Allan Markle
      Pages 107-129
    3. John P. Galassi, Merna Dee Galassi
      Pages 131-187
    4. Marsha M. Linehan, Kelly J. Egan
      Pages 237-271
    5. Gary R. Birchler
      Pages 273-315
  4. Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 355-358

About this book


It is perhaps trite to refer to human beings as social animals, but never­ theless it is true. A substantial portion of our lives is spent in interactions with other people. Moreover, the nature, quality, and quantity of those interactions have a tremendous impact on behavior, mood, and the adequacy of adjustment. Faulty interpersonal relationship patterns have reliably been associated with a wide variety of behavioral-psychological dysfunctions ranging from simple loneliness to schizophrenia. Most "traditional" analyses of interpersonal failures have viewed them as consequences or by-products of other difficulties, such as anx­ iety, depression, intrapsychic conflict, or thought disorder. Con­ sequently, remediational efforts have rarely been directed to interper­ sonal behavior per se. Rather, it has been expected that interpersonal relationships would improve when the source disorder was eliminated. While this model does account for some interpersonal dysfunctions (e.g., social anxiety can inhibit interpersonal behavior), it is not adequate to account for the vast majority of interpersonal difficulties. In fact, in many cases those difficulties either are independent of or underlie other dysfunctions (e.g., repeated social failure may produce depression or social anxiety).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alan S. Bellack
    • 1
  • Michel Hersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA

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