Social Skills Across the Life Span

Social Skills Across the Life Span

Theory, Assessment, and Intervention

1st Edition - May 20, 2020

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  • Editors: Douglas Nangle, Cynthia Erdley, Rebecca Schwartz-Mette
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177525
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177532

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Social skills are critical to psychological adjustment across the lifespan.  These skills are necessary for attaining a variety of important social, emotional, and interpersonal goals.  Social skill definits and resulting negative social interactions are associated with a wide variety of adjustment problems and psychological disorders.  Social Skills across the Life Span: Theory is a comprehensive social skills volume providing in-depth coverage of theory, assessment, and intervention.  Divided into three major sections, the volume begins with the definition of social competence, developmental factors, and relations to adjustment.  This is followed by coverage of general assessment and intervention issues across the lifespan.  In the third section, program developers describe specific evidence-based interventions.  

Key Features

  • Identifies how social skills influence social competence and well being
  • Addresses the full lifespan
  • Reviews methods to assess and intervene with children and adults
  • Details evidence-based interventions for children and adults


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Table of Contents

  • Part I: Theory
    1. Defining Social Skills
    Rachel L. Grover, Douglas W. Nangle, Michelle Buffie, and laura A. Andrews
    2. Developing Social Skills
    Julie Newman Kingery, Cynthia A. Erdley, and Emily Scarpulla
    3. Linking Social Skills and Adjustment
    Kimberly E. Kamper-DeMarco, Jessica Shankman, Eliot Fearey, Hannah R. Lawrence, and Rebecca A. Schwartz-Mette
    Part II: Assessment and Intervention
    4. Assessing Youth
    Cynthia A. Erdley and Melissa S. Jankowski
    5. Assessing Adults
    Sarah Fischer, Peter J. Norton, William Spaulding, and James A. Courtney
    6. Intervening with Youth
    Laura A. Andrews, Rachel L. Grover, Michelle L. Buffie, and Douglas W. Nangle
    7. Intervening with Adults
    Samantha J. Gregus, Elissa R. Failes, Elizabeth Ramirez, Raegan Harrington, Phoebe Welcome, and Rebecca A. Schwartz-Mette
    Part III: Social Skills Interventions
    Section A: Children and Adolescents
    8. Play Skills for Shy Preschoolers: A Social Skills Training and Facilitated Play (SST-FP) Early Intervention Program
    Robert J. Coplan
    9. The Fast Track Friendship Group Program
    Karen L. Bierman
    10. The PATHS Curriculum: Thirty-Five Years and Counting
    Carol A. Kusché
    11. Superheroes Social Skills
    Keith C. Radley and Kate A. Helbig
    12. School-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Social Anxiety Disorder
    Samantha Coyle, Farah Mahmud, Cody Weeks, and Carrie Masia Warner
    13. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)
    Emily Moulton and Elizabeth Laugeson
    Section B: Adults
    14. Emotional and Social Competence (ESC) for Adults: Keys for Health, Happiness, and Success
    Carol A. Kusché, Anna-Lisa Mackey, and Julian B.R. Kusché
    15. Charisma™: A virtual Reality Training to Promote Social BrainHealth in Adults
    Tandra T. Allen, Lara Ashmore, Shelly Gordon, Aaron Tate,Lori G. Cook, and Sandra Bond Chapman
    16. PREP4Work: A Social Skills Intervention to Prepare Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual
    Disabilities to Access the Workplace
    Jennifer Holloway, Helena Lydon, and Edith Walsh
    17. Social Skills Training for Persons with Schizophrenia
    Julia Browne, Kim T. Mueser, and Sarah I. Pratt

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 20, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128177525
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128177532

About the Editors

Douglas Nangle

Douglas W. Nangle, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maine. He has published extensively in the areas of social skills assessment and treatment, child and adolescent peer relations, and cognitive-behavioral treatments. An award-winning teacher and mentor, he has advised, taught, and provided clinical supervision for doctoral students for more than 20 years. His research examines the influence of close peer relationships on the psychological adjustment of children and adolescents. Ongoing investigations include the further validation of a measure of adolescent heterosocial competence, a short-term longitudinal examination of the effects of three dyadic interaction processes (i.e., negative feedback seeking, excessive reassurance seeking, and co-rumination) within girl friendships on the onset and worsening of depressive symptoms, and a developmental test of the protective value of children’s friendships. Other areas of interest include social skills assessment and intervention, ADHD, aggression, and cognitive behavioral treatments. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Nangle also provides supervision for students in the doctoral program, directs an ADHD clinic, and maintains a forensic psychology practice, in which he serves as a consultant for the Maine State Forensic Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Evaluators Project.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

Cynthia Erdley

Dr. Cynthia A. Erdley is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Maine. For over 20 years, she has mentored students in the Developmental-Clinical track of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and has taught courses focused on child and adolescent development. Her research has investigated the ways in which children’s and adolescents’ peer experiences relate to their adjustment, including depression. She has also examined the role of social-cognitive processes in behavior and psychological adjustment. Her work has been published in leading child clinical and developmental psychology journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

Rebecca Schwartz-Mette

Dr. Schwartz-Mette’s research focuses on the intersection of emotional adjustment and peer relationships in childhood and adolescence. This work has two primary aims: a) to understand the ways in which distress and health-related behaviors impact the important context of youths’ friendships and vice versa, and b) to understand the mechanisms of positive and negative peer influence. She is also a licensed clinician working with children, families, adults and couples struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating and body image issues, adjustment problems, behavior issues, self-injury and suicidality, grief, and trauma.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Peer Relations Lab, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

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  • Marfle B. Tue May 26 2020


    Congrats on the new book!

  • Cam Tue May 26 2020

    Yes please

    congratulations with the new book!