Small group experience for socially withdrawn girls.

Gail M. Houck, Lisa Stember

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    Social competence is the effectiveness of social interaction behavior. Given its link to mental health outcomes, it is an important consideration in child and adolescent development. Social withdrawal is associated with depression. Socially withdrawn children make few social initiations and tend to be isolated in their play, further limiting their social involvement. To develop effective social behavior, experiences must be provided to learn relationship skills. This practice improvement project provided a small group experience for five socially withdrawn school-age girls. Weekly group meetings provided a social situation in which conversations could occur around a shared snack and craft project. The school nurse facilitated self-assertion and the expression of prosocial behavior in a socially safe (nonrejecting) environment and promoted social problem solving. On completion of the program, the participants not only showed more effective social reasoning and social skills, but developed friendships with each other that lasted beyond the life of the group.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)206-211
    Number of pages6
    JournalThe Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Aug 2002

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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