Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Tommie Radd

Second Advisor

Dr. Joe Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Judy Harrington

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Elliot Ostler


The effects that fifteen sessions combining cognitive behavioral techniques and social skills training had on increasing socially positive behavior was investigated with male and female, fifth and sixth grade students. Within a control, experimental and placebo group, behavior rating surveys were administered to parents, teachers and students to identify changes in perceptions of subject behavior. Survey instruments included the Walker Problem Behavior Identification Checklist (1983 rev.) and the Elementary Behavior Questionnaire. Changes in interpersonal behavior, acting out behavior and disturbed peer relations were assessed. Results indicated there was no statistically significant increase in prosocial behavior or decrease in antisocial behavior with any of the three groups involved in the study. Implications for further research design and application are discussed.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Philip T. Shepherd August, 1995