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Effect of School-Based Social Skills Training Program on Peer Relationships: Preliminary Study
J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2018;29(1):14-25
Published online January 1, 2018
© 2018 Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Hong-Shik Roh1, Jung-Uk Shin1, Jae-Woo Lee1, Yeon-Woo Lee2, Tae-Won Kim2, Ji-Young Kim2, Mi-Ri Park2, Gang-Sik Song2, and Sang Soo Seo3

1Department of Psychiatry, Bugok National Hospital, Changnyeong, Korea
2Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Promotion, Bugok National Hospital, Changnyeong, Korea
3Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bugok National Hospital, Changnyeong, Korea
Correspondence to: Sang Soo Seo, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bugok National Hospital, 145 Bugok-ro, Bugok-myeon, Changnyeong 50365, Korea
Tel: +82-55-520-2509, Fax: +82-55-536-6444, E-mail: sss2913@korea.com
Received June 2, 2017; Revised September 22, 2017; Accepted October 18, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a school-based social skills training program on peer relationships in children and adolescents and to assess the plan for effective school-based mental health services.
Methods: The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Promotion Team of Bugok National Hospital conducted 7-sessioned school-based social skills training for elementary and middle school students (n=90). Changes in peer relationships were evaluated before and after application of the program using a name generator question.
Results: The social skills training program increased peer relations, indicating significant changes in social network indices.
Conclusion: The social skills training program positively influenced peer relationships. The school-based social skills training program can be expected to have positive effects on school-based mental health services. Future investigation is needed to validate the long term effects of this program.
Keywords : Social skills training; Peer relationship; School-based mental health promotion.


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