Social Cognitions and Social Skills Program 社交思考與技巧課程

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Recommended by : Shui-fong LAM (Name of DEP member)

Date of Submission : 2011/8/1

Title of project

Social Cognitions and Social Skills Program 社交思考與技巧課程


To enhance the social competencies of adolescents in conflict resolution.

Service target

Junior Secondary Students

Brief description of project

The program was developed on the basis of social cognitive theories. It has eight-sessions and covers topics in gratitude, attribution, implicit theory of personality, empathy, forgiveness, anger control, and conflict resolution. These topics address the affect, behaviors, and cognitions of students in interpersonal relationship. Each session is about an hour long. The program can be used in small group of 8 – 10 students or regular class of 40 students. Through the instillation of adaptive social cognitions and the training in anger control and conflict resolution, the program helps
students gain social competencies in resolving difficult social situations. The instructor manual of the program includes CD that contains powerpoint files, worksheet, assignments, notes for students,
and reference materials for instructors.The instructors may be teachers, social workers, counselors, and educational psychologists. They are encouraged to use the program flexibly according to the conditions in their work setting.

Evidence base of the project

Using a randomized field experimental design, Grade 7 students were assigned to experimental group (n = 50) and the control group (n = 47). Findings of the study confirmed many of the expectations of the framework. Students in the experimental group were more inclined to adopt an incremental view of personality after the training and tended to be more forgiving. They also adopted more pro-social strategies in resolving difficult social situations. The experimental group
also reported less negative emotions as compared with their counterparts. In addition, it was found that the treatment effect on the adoption of pro-social strategies was mediated by the changes in social cognitions, such as implicit theories of personality and attribution.Lam, S.-f., Wong, B.P. H., Lam, M., & So, A. (2010, June). Enhancing social cognitions and skills: Evaluation of an intervention program with randomized field experimental design. Paper presented in the Hong Kong Psychological Society Conference, Hong Kong, China

Lam, S.-f., So. A., Chan, W. M., & Lam, M. (2010). Social cognitions and social skills program. Hong Kong: Department of Psychology, Hong Kong University. [林瑞芳、蘇惠安、陳韻文、林鳳茹 (2010) 。《社交思考與技巧課程》香港大學心理學系。]

Contact information for more details

Name of Contact Person : Shui-fong Lam 林瑞芳

Organization : Department of Psychology, University of Hong Kong

Email Address :

Phone : 28592388


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