Document Type : Original Article
M.A. in clinical psychology, Islamic Azad University, Rodehen Branch, Iran
Ph.D. student in counseling, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
M.A. in clinical psychology, Islamic Azad University, Khomein Branch, Iran
Aim: This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of social skills training on the levels of compatibility and self-efficacy in high school female students. Methods: Research method included quasi-experimental design with experimental group, control group, pretest, posttest, and a 2 month follow-up. The statistical population consisted of 24383 high school students of the 2 educational district of Isfahan in 2015-2016 academic year. At first, using clustering, three high schools Azadi, Shahid Vaghefi 1, and Katibe were selected. Then, 4 classes from each school and among them 40 students were randomly selected to be placed in an experimental and a control group. The experimental group had 8 social skills training sessions’ Sadri Damirchi and Esmaili Ghazivaloii (2010) and Hargi, Saunders and Dixon (2011). Each session lasted 90 minutes. The control group were put on a waiting list. Both groups, before and after training, and after two months completed the student’s adjustment inventory Sinha and Singh (2001) and general self-efficacy scale Sherer, Maddux, Mercandante, Prentice-Dunn, Jacobs & Rogers (1982). Data were analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: Results indicated that social skills training had positive effect on compatibility in the posttest and follow-up (F=12.55, P=0.001), and the level of self-efficiency also significantly increased (F=6.26, P=0.01); and this effect is persisted at follow-up. Conclusion: Can be concluded that social skills training enhance compatibility and self-efficacy in the high school female students.