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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Martin Gipson

First Committee Member

Gary Howells

Second Committee Member

Keven Schock


An individual's friendship networks are relationships that assist in coping with life's challenges on a daily basis. Individuals failing to receive nurturing and reinforcement from their networks can have their mental health jeopardized. Within the chronic mentally ill, these failures have been found to result in higher re-admission rates into inpatient care. It is important to have opportunities to establish social networks that could assist with daily life struggles, and prevent decompensation requiring hospitalization. This study's purpose was to implement social skills training to promote social skill development, leisure skill development, and foster development of a social network. Participants were selected by whose score fell below the median (N = 49) of Mortweet's Perceived Social Support Questionnaire (1991). Training lasted for 10 weeks with a pre/posttest control group with pre-existing groups experimental design. Despite not having any significant training effects revealed in data, I believe training was successful based on self-reports and observations of participants getting involved in activities since completion of training (bowling league, school, attending day programs, finding a job). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)




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