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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a social skills training program designed to improve the social status of isolated and rejected children. Subjects were fourth and fifth grade students from two different elementary schools. One school served as the control group and the other one was the experimental group.;The sample consisted of 91 identified students from both schools. A nonequivalent control group research design was used. Pre- and posttest information was gathered using the Piers-Harris Self-Perception Questionnaire, Achenbach's Teacher's Report Form, and Sociogram. Dependent variables were children's self-perception, level of popularity, level of happiness, and social status. Analysis of covariance was chosen to control pre-existing differences between the groups.;The students in the control group were exposed to the same guidance program, educational curriculum and school activities as the experimental group, the only exception was the treatment intervention which was delivered to the experimental group in six weekly sessions of thirty minutes.;The results of this study indicated that students in the experimental group improved their social status when compared with the children from the control group. The intervention program was effective in decreasing the level of rejection in the identified students. The scale of social problems was higher indicating an increase of identified social difficulties by the classroom teachers of the students in the experimental group. The treatment program was not effective in the improvement of level of happiness, popularity and self-concept.



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