Group Social Skills Training with Adolescents

A Critical Review
  • J. Stephen Hazel
  • James A. Sherman
  • Jean Bragg Schumaker
  • Jan Sheldon
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


Over the past decade, social skills training in groups has become a popular method of therapy for adolescents. This treatment approach has evolved from work in several fields: research in applied behavior analysis focusing on social skills training with court-adjudicated adolescents (e.g., Phillips, Phillips, Fixsen, & Wolf, 1972); research by social psychologists (e.g., Argyle, 1972); work by clinical psychologists (e.g., Goldstein, 1973); and group work with children, adolescents, and adults (e.g., Rose, 1972; 1977). Group therapy programs have most often been implemented with “problem adolescents,” those who are usually labeled as “acting out” and who frequently exhibit severe social skills deficiencies. Because group therapy is often considered an economical form of treatment, particularly when a large number of adolescents need the same type of therapy, it has been conducted in schools, group homes, and institutions.


Social Skill Social Skill Training Adolescent Group Skill Component Juvenile Delinquent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Stephen Hazel
    • 1
  • James A. Sherman
    • 1
  • Jean Bragg Schumaker
    • 1
  • Jan Sheldon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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