On the Nature of Social Skills

  • Richard M. Eisler
  • Lee W. Frederiksen

Overview

  • Historically, the relationship between an individual’s social com- petence and his or her successful functioning in society has been overlooked by our major educational and remedial institutions.

  • Traditionally, “mental health” approaches to social functioning have had difficulties in defining interpersonal behavior problems in ways which were conducive to effective assessment and remediation.

  • The social-learning model as a practical and useful framework for understanding and changing social behavior is described.

  • Some working conceptualizations of social skill are proposed, with an eye toward establishing a framework for assessing their functional utility in different situations.

  • General training considerations stemming from the social-learning model are described, with an overview of the following areas: assessment of interpersonal problems; establishing the objectives of training; the process of training; maintenance and transfer of improvements following training; and evaluation of results.

Keywords

Depression Sonal Culmination 

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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Eisler
    • 1
  • Lee W. Frederiksen
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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