Effectiveness of a Parent Training Program for Improving Children’s Social Behavior
ABSTRACT We tested the efficacy of a social skills training program for the parents of school-aged children experiencing socio-emotional
problems. Participating families (N=42) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: parent social skills training; parent plus parallel child social
skills training; or no-treatment control. The two treatment groups did not differ on any of the outcome measures. Treatment
was associated with improvements in parent and child social skills knowledge, parent social problem solving, and child emotional
functioning. In follow-up analyses examining mechanisms of change, parental attendance and change in child social skills knowledge
predicted response to treatment. Overall, our results highlight the utility of engaging parents as primary participants in
the treatment of children’s socio-emotional problems and suggest methods for maximizing the impact of such an intervention.
Article: Toward effective game-based social skills tutoring for children: an evaluation of a social adventure game[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: This paper describes a study of a prototype of a novel game-based intelligent tutor that teaches children positive social skills. The results provide considerable support for the po-tential value of this game as a social skills training tool, de-spite the comparatively brief play-through duration of the prototype. Key to the initial success is a development frame-work that fostered deep collaboration and rapid prototyping between the subject matter experts and game designers.