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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Scott Jensen

First Committee Member

Carolynn Kohn

Second Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp


The development of social skills in children is of primary importance in predicting a child's healthy development. Social competence in early childhood significantly predicts future academic achievement, health related outcomes, and self-efficacy in social situations in later life. Parent training has been shown to both reduce negative parenting styles and produce improvements in children's pro-social behavior. The current study compared the effects of social skills training in combination with parent training to determine the additive effects of a Social Skills Training (SST) program. Participants consisted of 27 families with children (ages 2½ to 6) randomly assigned to either a 5- ( n = 13) or a 10-week ( n = 14) intervention/control group. Parent reports yielded no significant treatment effects for either treatment condition, however observational measure showed a significant decrease in antisocial behaviors within the 10-week treatment group. Results also showed that addition of the SST program significantly reduced attrition. Implications and limitations are discussed.





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