posted on Feb, 12 2004 @ 06:50 PM
Looks to me like it was a psychological experiment that worked out pretty well and are keeping in schools. If you ask me it looks like a class I would
want my HS student in.
For anyone without Adobe -
Effects of a 10-week social-cognitive group intervention on
selected psychosocial attributes and interpersonal effectiveness
of high school students
by Kathleen Cirillo-Teverbaugh, Ph.D.
and Brian Colwell, Ph.D.
Abstract of Research Article
Full Article Available on Request
This study explores the effects of a 10-week social-cognitive intervention on self-esteem,
loneliness, parent-adolescent communication and perception of leadership development of
high school students from a city in east-central Texas. Thirty-six experimental group members
participated in Teen Leadership, a 10-week social-cognitive intervention. Thirty-four students
in a youth organization from the same city served as the control group and did not receive the
intervention. The experimental group met once a week for ten consecutive weeks. Each session
was two hours in duration. The experimental and control groups were asked to fill out a
questionnaire prior to and upon completion of the intervention. The questionnaire included
demographic information and questions from The Leadership and Personal Development Inventory
(Carter & Spotanski, 1989), the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale (Russell, Peplau &
Cutrona, 1980), the Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale (Barnes & Olson, 1982) and the
Texas Social Behavior Inventory (Helmreich, Stapp & Ervin, 1978). Separate two-way analyses
of variance (ANOVAS) were used to test for significant differences in all dependent variables.
Significant interactions were investigated with simple main-effects analyses. The alpha
level was set at p < 0.05. Simple main-effects analyses for the control group (who did not participate
in Teen Leadership) across time indicated that self-esteem, attitude toward group
work, personal development, loneliness, mother/father-adolescent communication did not
change from pre-testing to post-testing for the control group. Conversely, simple main-effects
analyses for the experimental group across time significantly increased on all variables except
loneliness, which significantly decreased from pre-testing to post-testing.
Thus for the students participating in Teen Leadership, all measured variables were
positively impacted, specifically:
Attitude toward group work improved
Personal development improved
Mother-adolescent communication increased
Father-adolescent communication increased
These data suggest that using this social-cognitive group intervention, coupled with mentoring
from community leaders, holds promise as an intervention for enhancing self-esteem, parentadolescent
communication, leadership skill development and for reducing loneliness in high
[Edited on 12-2-2004 by Dreamz]