The Promotion of Positive Social Interaction through Social Skills Training

  • Mary-Louise Engels
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Training programs in assertion and social skills typically encourage people to increase the frequency of their social interactions and to behave in more expressive, assertive, and adaptive ways. Although such programs have been widely used among diverse population groups (Bellack & Hersen, 1979), little training of such complex interpersonal behaviors has been undertaken in older people. The present chapter, written from the standpoint of the practising clinician, covers the following subjects: the changes that occur in social interaction patterns in later life, and their possible consequences for personal adjustment; the relevance of social skills and assertion training in promoting more frequent, effective, and positive social interactions; and a training program in social skills for elderly clients, along with illustrative case study descriptions. The chapter concludes with special considerations for implementing training with the elderly and suggestions for additional research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary-Louise Engels
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  1. 1.Behavior Therapy UnitDouglas Hospital CenterVerdunCanada

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