Behaviorally-based decision-making training for children

  • Russell M
  • Roberts M
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Abstract

A seven-step, behaviorally based, decision-making process was taught to 17 children, age 9-10 years. Each child's decision-making ability was measured before and after training, using two audiotaped stories that described problem situations typically encountered in the school or home. The children were asked to identify the problem, generate alternative solutions, think of positive and negative consequences for each solution, and offer a personal value supporting their decision. As compared to a no-treatment control group, the children receiving the decision-making training obtained significantly greater scores on four of five dependent measures. Implications for teaching decision-making as a self-management skill are offered. © 1979.

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  • Michael L. Russell

  • M. Susan Roberts

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