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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

PEREIRA-GUIZZO, Camila de Sousa; DEL PRETTE, Almir  and  DEL PRETTE, Zilda Aparecida Pereira. Evaluation of a professional social skills program for unemployed people with physical disability. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.2, pp. 265-274. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722012000200008.

The literature on labor points out the importance of social skills for employability. This study analyses, on a multiple probe design with two separate groups, the efficiency and effectiveness of a Professional Social Skills Training Program designed for unemployed people with physical disabilities. The sample consisted of 16 people with physical disabilities, aged from 18 to 36, forming two intervention groups. They were assessed by quantitative and qualitative instruments. Results indicated gains in social skills after the intervention, maintenance of acquisitions in the follow-up and generalization of learned skills to the natural environment for both groups. Such results suggest benefits of the Program on the interpersonal and professional development of unemployed people with physical disability.

Keywords : social skills; professional education; physical disability; program evaluation; employment.

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