Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Social Skills Intervention in a Residential Summer Camp Setting for Children with Learning Disabilities
O'Halloran, Paul David
Dissertation. Fordham University 1996

Purpose:
Examine behavioral effect of teaching specific social skills in a residential camp environment to learning disabled children.

Sample:
94 campers (39 male, 55 female), ages 8-20, attending a 7-week, residential, coed camp for children with learning disabilities.

Methods/Instruments:
Pre-, post-test, experimental and control groups with low self-concept and high self-concept subjects in each determined by pre-test scores. Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale, Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), Social Information Processing Skills Assessment (SIPSA), children's audio journal recordings, observer checklist.

Results:

  • Overall, no significant differences on teacher-observed or student-perceived social skills, or social information processing skills in experimental groups.
  • Significant positive increase in social information processing skills and awareness of appropriate social behavior in high self-concept experimental group.
  • No significant differences in low self-concept experimental group.
  • Significant positive change in teacher-observed social skills for low self-concept control group.
  • No significant differences in teacher-observed or student-perceived social skills, or social information processing skills in low self-concept experimental groups.
  • High self-concept group scored higher than low self-concept group on social information processing skills.

 

 

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