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In behavior therapy social skills are learned behavior that allow people to achieve social reinforcement and to avoid social punishment[1] According to Schneider & Bryne (1985), who conducted a meta-analysis of social skills training procedures (51 studies)- operant conditioning procedures for training social skills had the largest effect size, followed by modeling, coaching, and social cognitive techniques in that order [2]

See also


  1. Gresham, F. M. & Elliot, S.N. (1984). Assessment of social skills: A review of methods and issues. School Psychology Review, 13, 292-301.
  2. Schneider, B.H. & Bryne, B.M. (1985). Children's social skills training: A meta-analysis. In B.H. Schneider, K. Rubin, & J.E. Ledingham (Eds.) Children's Peer relations: Issues in assessment and intervention (pp. 175-190). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Further reading

  • Argyle, M. (1981) The contribution of social interaction research to social skills training. In: D. Wine and M.D. Smye (eds) Social Competence, New York Guildford Press.
  • Argyle, M. (1984). Social skills and the analysis of situations and conversations. In C. R. Hollin & P. Trower (Orgs.), Handbook of social skills training: clinical applications and new directions (pp.185-216). Nova York: Pergamon Press.

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