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Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother. 2011 Jul;39(4):277-84; quiz 284-5. doi: 10.1024/1422-4917/a000114.

[The training of social skills in children with ADHD - results of a pilot study].

[Article in German]

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Klinik Hochried, Murnau.



Insufficient social competence belongs to the most frequent concomitants of ADHD. This is the first therapeutic concept for the training of social skills adapted to the specific deficits of children with ADHD and developed in the German-speaking region.


In a two-group, pre-posttest design with untreated waiting control group, 40 children between 7 and 13 years with the diagnoses F90.0, F90.1, and F98.8 were examined; 15 % were female, 85 % male. In groups of three they took part in the newly developed 10-h training TEAM. The record sheet of social skills for parents (ESF-E) was used to measure social competence. In addition, we recorded attention performances (FBB ADHS) and concomitant psychic factors.


Significant effects of the training were demonstrated for almost all social skills (MANOVA/GLM). The outcomes on the different components of attention and the psychosocial concomitant factors are without uniformity. The strongest effects appeared in the areas of conflict management, regulation of emotions, and the capacity for empathy.


Training of social skills is a sensible and effective supplement in the therapy of ADHD. An examination of long-term effects still needs to be done.

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