عنوان مقاله [English]
Aim: The present study has been carried out to explore the effectiveness of social-cognitive skills training on the reduction of oppositional defiant disorder(ODD)symptom among students. Methods: The methodology has been of a quasi-experimental nature with a pretest-posttest design and a control group. The statistical population has been composed of the male students of the first and second grade of the city of Tehran in the academic year 1393-94. The sampling carried out was a multistage cluster random one. After the Children Symptom Inventory (Gadow & Sprafkin, 1994) had been filled in by the teachers, 30 students with the points higher than the cut-off point in CSI-4 were selected and randomly assigned to the experimental and control group. The former group received 12 social-cognitive skills training sessions each for 30 minutes after which a posttest was given to them. To analyze the statistical data, a covariance method was applied. Results: As a result of the analysis, a meaningful reduction (p>0.001) was observed in the posttest intensity of ODD symptoms for the experimental group in comparison to the control one. Conclusion: social-cognitive skills training is believed to contribute to the reduction of ODD symptoms among students, rendering it as an effective intervention method.