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The use of peer-pairing in schools to improve socialization

Author: Mervis,-Bonnie-Aaron
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Date 12/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Child-and-Adolescent-Social-Work-Journal
Volume/Pages 1998 Dec; Vol 15(6): 467-477
Subject Matter Interpersonal and Social Intervention
Abstract This article describes the peer-pairing model as it is implemented in an elementary school. Being socially isolated is a painful experience for many children, one that can profoundly affect the development of their self concepts. Peer-pairing is a model of treatment designed to address this problem by promoting social relationships. It offers many of the benefits of more traditional friendship groups in a less stimulating environment. Peer-pairing is especially appropriate for children who have difficulty with impulse control, hyperactivity, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. The school setting affords the opportunity to make friends within the child s natural social environment while social skills are being taught. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)