Social skills

Social skills

Social skills are a group of skills which people need to interact and communicate with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. The process of learning these skills is called socialization.

In Behavior Therapy

To behaviorists, social skills are learned behavior that allow people to achieve social reinforcement and to avoid social punishment. [Gresham, F. M. & Elliot, S.N. (1984). Assessment of social skills: A review of methods and issues. School Psychology Review, 13, 292-301.] According to Schneider & Bryne (1985), who conducted a meta-analysis of social skills training procedures (51 studies), operant conditioning procedures for training social skills had the largest effect size, followed by modeling, coaching, and social cognitive techniques. [Schneider, B.H. & Bryne, B.M. (1985). Children's social skills training: A meta-analysis. In B.H. Schneider, K. Rubin, & J.E. Ledingham (Eds.) Children's Peer relations: Issues in assessment and intervention (pp. 175-190). New York: Springer-Verlag.]

ee also

*Aggression Replacement Training
*Emotional Intelligence
*Social anxiety
*Social behavior
*Social cognition
*Social reality
*Social space
*Introversion and extroversion
*Systems intelligence
*Intercultural competence
*Metacommunicative competence
*Verbal abuse
*Computer widow

External links and references

* [ Some Facts Psychologists Know About… SOCIAL SKILLS]
* [ Teaching Social Skills]
* [ Encouraging Social Skills in Young Children]
* [ Information on Social Skills for Male College Students]
* [ National Association of School Psychologists on Social Skills]
* [ Stategies for teaching social skills to children]


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