This title integrates parents into the treatment of children's friendship problems in order to promote simplification in home and school environments. It represents 12 years of research by the authors to develop a comprehensive social skills training programme for children. Broken into four parts, the book begins with a complete step-by-step manual and presents the empirical outcome of tests of the interventions, as well as a review of other social skills training interventions for children. The nature and development of children's friendships are included in the second section. Session content is presented in the third part with a chapter devoted to each of the 12 sessions of this intervention. Each of these sessions sets out goals, offers a training plan and gives an "at-home" plan as well as a "group" plan. The final section covers unique situations.
Fred Frankel is Professor of Medical Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychiatry. He developed the UCLA Children's Friendship Training Program with Robert Myatt, offering treatment to over 900 children with friendship problems since 1989. He has published several controlled studies and was awarded an NIMH research grant to study Children's Friendship Training.