Group Social Skills Training for High-School Students: Effects on Help-Seeking Preferences

[Speaker] Honda, Masahiro:1

The purpose of this study was to examine effects of class wide social skills training (social skills education) for high school students. Help-seeking preferences were defined as the positive or negative cognitions about seeking and receiving help. The participants were 67 students. The results were as follows: The all students' scores of "prosocial skills" were increased and the scores of "withdrawal behaviors" were decreased (partial η2 were form .11 to .16). The scores of help-seeking preferences were improved (partial η2 = .25), among the students with lower help-seeking preferences (either lower scores of "positive expectations for receiving help" or higher scores of "thoughts of resistance toward receiving help" ). The mechanisms of improving help-seeking preferences through class wide social skills training (social skills education) are discussed from the results of this study.
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