Children's Social Behavior

Children's Social Behavior

Development, Assessment, and Modification

1st Edition - April 24, 1986

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  • Editors: Phillip S. Strain, Michael J. Guralnick, Hill M. Walker
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264455

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Children's Social Behavior: Development, Assessment, and Modification presents the principal aspects of social developmental study of children; assessment methodology and techniques; and changes in the behavioral targets of intervention and in the nature of interventions. The articles in the book deal with various subjects related to the study of children's social behavior. Topics discussed include the interdependence and interplay between biological and social forces on the child's developing social repertoire; causative factors that influence peer interaction deficits; sociometric procedures and direct observation assessment methods; and issues associated with target behavior selection and the selection of intervention tactics. Psychologists, educators, ethologists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    Part I Development of Children's Social Behavior

    1. A Contemporary Perspective on Social Development


    Some Comments on History

    How Interactions Develop and Function

    Development and Change

    Organization of Social Patterns

    Interpersonal Bias

    Social Inertia: The Conservation of Social Patterns

    Direction and Control

    Concluding Comments


    2. "A Chip off the Old Block": Some Interpersonal Characteristics of Coercive Children across Generations


    Cross-Generational Continuities: An Overview of the Literature

    Accounting for Cross-Generational Continuities

    Development of the Matching Process

    New Directions


    3. The Peer Relations of Young Handicapped and Nonhandicapped Children


    Development of Peer Interactions of Nonhandicapped Children

    The Peer Relations of Young Handicapped Children

    Peer Interactions in Mainstreamed Settings

    A Framework for Assessment and Treatment

    Summary and Conclusions


    Part II Assessment of Children's Social Behavior

    Conceptual Issues in the Assessment of Social Competence in Children


    Social Skill as a Behavioral Construct

    Social Competence versus Social Skill

    Definitions of Social Skill

    Conceptualization of Social Skill Problems

    Methods of Social Skill Assessment

    Assessment for Intervention-Therapy

    Social Validity: Conceptual Issues

    Conclusions and Future Research Needs


    5. Naturalistic Observations of Children's Social Behavior


    Methods of Observation

    Methodological and Conceptual Issues



    6. Sociometrics: Peer-Referenced Measures and the Assessment of Social Competence


    Sociometrics and Social Competence: Definitions and Commonly Employed Rationales


    Correlates of Sociometric Measures

    Relationship of Sociometric Measures to Other Measures of Social Competence

    Sociometrics and the Assessment of Social Competence


    Part III Modification of children's social behavior

    7. Social and Language Skills for Preventive Mental Health: What, How, Who, and When


    Question 1: What Goals Should Take Priority?

    Question 2: How May One Most Effectively Promote the Aforementioned Skills?

    Question 3: Who Should Be the Change Agents Who Implement These Methods in the Service of These Goals?

    Question 4: When Should Preventive Intervention Best Be Begun?



    8. Modification of Children's Prosocial Behavior


    Methods of Promoting Prosocial Behavior

    Pragmatic Aspects of Training

    Untested Innovations

    Final Considerations


    9. Social Skills Training with Children: Research and Clinical Application


    Definitions of Social Skills

    Social-Skills Training Methods

    Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving (ICPS)



    Generalization Programming


    10. Programming the Generalization of Children's Social Behavior


    A Case Study in Generalization

    The Concept of Generalization

    Generalization of Children's Social Behavior




Product details

  • No. of pages: 473
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1986
  • Published: April 24, 1986
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264455

About the Editors

Phillip S. Strain

Michael J. Guralnick

Hill M. Walker

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