Social skills training in a Saturday Treatment Program for children with ADHD
Kent, Kristine M.
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This study investigated the outcomes of the Saturday Treatment Program for ADHD (SatTP), a program that includes a child social skills group concurrent with behavioral parent training. The SatTP was compared to a group that received the same behavioral parent training component, but whose children attended a ‘play group’, which provided no treatment or social skills training but served as an attention placebo comparison for the child social skills group. Participants were 42 children, ages 8 to 11 years old, with primary diagnoses of ADHD. Parents of all participants attended the same behavioral parent training group, while children were randomly assigned to attend either the social skills group or the play group. Blind randomization was used to prevent parental bias in ratings completion. Data were collected from children, parents and teachers at baseline and post-treatment across three cohorts. Results indicated that when all parents are receiving behavioral parent training, child social skills knowledge and in-session behavior improves when children attend a social skills training group compared to a play group. However, these results did not appear to generalize to home and school settings.