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Social skills training for head injured adults Pope, Dorothy Mae


Social Skills Training for Head Injured Adults Research has demonstrated numerous personality and behavioral disturbances resulting from head injury (Lezak,1978). It is these changes rather than the physical disabilities that create the stress, in the long term for the relatives of the head injured (MeKinley,1981). Therefore, social skills training is a important part of intervention with this population. This study evaluates a social skills training program "Stacking the Deck" (Braunling-McMorrow et al 1986) which has been modified to include structured learning assignments. This is a single case evaluation (A - Baseline, B - Treatment) with replication. The subjects are four males with severe head injuries, ages 19,22,34,and 36. Social skills were described as requiring an action or reaction within six skill areas: compliments, social interaction, politeness, criticism, social confrontation, and questions/answers. Measures include the baseline developed in the "Stacking the Deck" program, Staff Questionnaire on Social Behavior (Spence,1979) and the Social Skills Assessment Chart (Spence,1980). Results indicate that this is an effective program for social skills training with the adult head injured population.

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