Understanding Social Skills Improvements in Intervention for Adolescents With ADHD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn evidence-based school interventions that can help secondary students with ADHD improve their relationships with peers and teachers.
  2. learn how aspects of delivering these interventions can increase the likelihood of the student benefiting.
  3. learn what characteristics of the students and the intervention that are often thought to be associated with improved outcomes may not actually best account for student gains.


A recent study reported significant improvement in social functioning among adolescents with ADHD in response to a school-based intervention. In this study we examined which characteristics of the adolescents or the intervention were associated with improvements in social skills. After controlling for baseline ratings of social skills, the amount of time adolescents spent focused on problem solving during individual sessions and students’ perception of their alliance with their coach were associated with improvements.



Sean Morse, Georgia State University
Rachel E. Capps, MA, Ohio University
Steven W. Evans, Ohio University


George J. DuPaul, Julie S. Owens


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