Improving Children’s Social Competence

A Multimodal Behavioral Group Approach
  • Sheldon D. Rose
  • Craig W. LeCroy
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


A child’s social competence continues to receive extensive attention from researchers, developmentalists, and social practitioners (e.g., Edelson & Rose, 1981; LaGreca & Santogrossi, 1980; LeCroy, 1983; Swetnam, Peterson, & Clark, 1983). By social competence we are referring to the ability to produce desired effects on others in specific social situations. Research is revealing how important social interactions can be in the healthy development of children. This focus on social interaction can be facilitated through the use of small groups. Models for small-group treatment have lagged behind the development of new knowledge on helping children obtain a greater degree of social competence. In fact, many programs designed to help children develop better social skills have not even utilized the natural format of small groups for teaching children these skills. Many practitioners have continued to work individually with children ignoring the benefits the small group can provide.


Social Skill Social Competence Group Leader Apply Behavior Analysis Cognitive Restructuring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon D. Rose
    • 1
  • Craig W. LeCroy
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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