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Social training for adolescents: Making positive steps

Ralph, A., Spano, A., Whitely, H., Strong, L., Parker, M. and Pailthorpe, W.K. (1991) Social training for adolescents: Making positive steps. Behaviour Change, 8 (4). pp. 183-193.

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A rationale is provided for the development of a small group instructional approach to improving the competence of adolescents who reportedly experience difficulty making and maintaining friendships. Social problem-solving studies are briefly examined to provide support for such an approach, which is based on incorporating gradated in vivo assignments into the training process and using progress in these assignments as feedback for further assignment setting. The program, named STAMPS (Social Training for Adolescents: Making Positive Steps) is described in some detail and illustrated with data from a single case. Discussion deals with aspects of the program requiring further investigation, including the selection of peers as potential friends, and the need to modify the program to deal with broader adolescent issues including conflict with authority, teachers, and parents.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
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