Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Chris Kornonakos

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Fuqua

Third Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The effects of social skills training were examined in a multiple baseline across behaviors design. Three shy children were taught four component conversational skills: expressing feelings, expressing opinions, agreeing with another's opinion, and praising others. The training package consisted of instructions, modeling, rehearsal, feedback, and reinforcement. Results indicated that treatment was highly effective for each child. The subjects' improvement remained evident at two- and four-week follow-up sessions. Generalization to novel role play situations was variable within and across subjects. Extra-laboratory measures of generalization did not yield significant pre-, posttraining results.