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J Pediatr Psychol. 1993 Dec;18(6):751-67.

The impact of social skills training on the adjustment of children with newly diagnosed cancer.

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Division of Hematology-Oncology, Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, California 92123.


Randomized 64 children ages 5 to 13 years with newly diagnosed cancer to either a Social Skills Training experimental treatment group or a School Reintegration standard treatment group. Children who received explicit training in social skills reported higher perceived classmate and teacher social support at the 9-month follow-up in comparison to pretreatment levels, while parents reported a decrease in internalizing and externalizing behavior problems and an increase in school competence. Methodological improvements for Phase III clinical trials are addressed.

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