Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Foster


The overall objective of this study was to determine whether an intervention of social skills training would increase the self-concept of a 16 year old African-American, homeless youth. To obtain this objective, this single system design focused on the subject's level of negative and positive self-talk and independent thinking.

The results indicated a decrease in the subject's negative self-talk, an increase in his positive self-talk and an increase in his independent thinking. The results imply that social skills training can have a very positive impact on the field of social work as an intervention with homeless children. The study attempts to encourage homeless shelters to implement this training as a pro-active measure.

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