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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Social Skills Training for Secondary Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders: A Review and Analysis of the Meta-Analytic Literature

Cook, C. R., Gresham, F. M., et al. (2008).
Journal of Emotional &Behavioral Disorders, 16(3), 131-144.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This a meta-analysis of meta-analyses investigatingthe effectiveness of social skills training in secondary students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders (EBD).

Question(s) Addressed:

  1. "Is SST an effective intervention strategy for secondary students with EBD?
  2. What evidence is there to support the internal and external validity of SST for secondary students with EBD?
  3. Do particular theoretical approaches to SST (e.g., behavioral, social learning, cognitive, or cognitive behavioral) appear to be more effective than others?" (p. 134).

Population: Secondary school students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

Intervention/Assessment: Social skills training

Number of Studies Included: 77

Years Included: 1980 - 2006



"...Social skills training is able to produce noticeable differences in the social competency of secondary students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders" (p. 137).

Keywords: Social Skills

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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