J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.  2009 Jun;20(2):82-89.

The Effectiveness of School Based Short-Term Social Skills Training in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)

  • 1Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul Saint Mary's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. kbn1@snu.ac.kr
  • 4Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Institute of Behavioral Medical Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


OBJECTIVES: Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have difficulties in social behavior. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a short-term training program for improving social skills, selfperception and attention deficits.
The subjects were nine children diagnosed with ADHD with (or without) other mental disorders using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-ADHD) module. Children were given eight sessions of a social skills training program. Parents of children simultaneously participated in their own training which was designed to support their children's generalization of skills. Assessments included child, parent and teacher ratings of social skills, self-perception and attention deficit at baseline and post-treatment.
Social skills training led to significant improvements in child-reported measures of self-esteem, in teacherreported measures of social skills, and in parent-reported measures of attention deficit.
This study suggests that short-term social skills training programs for children with ADHD may improve their social skills, self-perception and attention deficits.


ADHD; Social Skills Training; Social Skill; Self-Esteem; Non-Pharmacologic Treatment
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