THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM ON ADOLESCENTS

Abstract

Author(s): Pervin NEDM BAL Gülcan SUNGUR

The Purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a social skills training program for adolescents on increasing skills relating to solving social problems and understanding others’ feelings during the 7th grade period (children aged 13 years). A total of 114 students (55 female, 59 male) from “Bogazici Educational Center” participated in the study during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Social Skills Inventory (pre-test) was given to 114 students of mixed gender. Twenty volunteers with lower social skills, according to the inventory, were randomly selected and divided into experimental and control groups. A social skills training program was only taught to the experimental group for eighteen weeks. Each session lasted about an hour and a half. After the training, the same inventory was conducted on both the experimental and control groups as the post-test. It was found that the program significantly affected their social problem-solving skills and understanding of others’ feelings. Results of posttest scores of the students and their scores after 8 months indicated that the Social Skills Training Program for adolescents maintains its effects.

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