Efficacy of a short-term, intensive social skills training program for burned adolescents

Patricia Blakeney, Christopher Thomas, Charles Holzer, Mary Rose, Frances Berniger, Walter J. Meyer

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This study examined the efficacy of an intensive, short-term social skills training program in improving the psychosocial adjustment of burned adolescents. Sixty-four adolescents who had suffered a burn injury 2 years previously or longer and who were identified as having psychosocial difficulties (elevated behavioral problems and/or diminished competence) were assigned randomly to receive the treatment intervention or to serve as controls (32 in each group). The intervention was a social skills training curriculum provided in a small group residential format. Didactic and experiential techniques were used in a schedule of activities during a 4-day period. One year after the training program, the group who had received the treatment showed significantly more improvement than did the control group. The program appears to offer advantages to a sizeable group of pediatric burn survivors and indicates the need for further study of interventions to enhance psychosocial competence in the development of pediatric burn survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-555
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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