Effects of a peer engagement program on socially withdrawn children with a history of maltreatment

Therese L. Mathews, Stephen B. Fawcett, Jan B. Sheldon

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Children with a history of child maltreatment often have limited social interactions with other children and adults. This study examined the effects of a Peer Engagement Program, consisting of peer mentoring and social skills training with positive reinforcement, in three children with low levels of oral and social interaction. A multiple baseline, single-subject research design was used to test whether introduction of the intervention was associated with increased, directly observed oral interaction and engagement in social activities with peers and adults. The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Social Skills Rating Scale (SSRS) were administered before and after intervention. All children showed increased levels of oral and social interaction and improved scores on the SSRS and the CBCL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-291
Number of pages22
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2009



  • Child maltreatment
  • Peer mentoring
  • Social interactions
  • Social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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