Conversational Skills of Inpatient Conduct-Disordered Youths: Social Validation of Component Behaviors and Implications for Skills Training

David J. Hansen, St Janet S. Lawrence, Karen A. Christoff

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Abstract

The conversational skills of 24 inpatient conduct-disordered youths and 32 “normal” youths fromthe community were assessed and compared. A panel of 12 peer judges provided global ratings of subjects' conversational skill. Moderate to high amounts of the variance in the peer ratings were accounted for by conversational-skill component behaviors, especially for the inpatient conduct disordered youths. Compared to the nonpatient youths, the inpatient youths were significantly deficient in their use of a variety of conversational-skill component behaviors and received significantly lower peer ratings of conversational skill. Implications of the findings for social-skills training and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-444
Number of pages21
JournalBehavior Modification
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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