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Evaluation of an interview skills training package for adolescents with speech, language and communication needs

Mathrick, R; Meagher, T; Norbury, CF; (2017) Evaluation of an interview skills training package for adolescents with speech, language and communication needs. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders , 52 (6) pp. 786-799. 10.1111/1460-6984.12315. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND & AIMS: We evaluated a structured intervention programme aimed at preparing adolescents with developmental language disorders for job interviews. Our primary outcome measures included change in ratings of verbal and non‐verbal social communication behaviours evident during mock interviews. METHODS & PROCEDURES: In study 1, 12 participants, aged 17–19 years, from a specialist sixth‐form college completed the intervention and two mock interviews, one pre‐ and one post‐intervention. In study 2, 34 participants, aged 17–19 years, completed a modified intervention programme and three mock interviews, one at baseline (included to control for possible practise effects), one pre‐ and one post‐intervention. In both studies, interviews were video recorded and social communication behaviours were coded by independent assessors blind to interview time, participant diagnosis and therapy content. A repeated‐measures design was employed to measure change in communication behaviours. OUTCOMES & RESULTS: In study 1, a significant increase in the number of ‘positive’ verbal and non‐verbal social communication behaviours was observed from pre‐ to post‐intervention. However, there was no significant change in the number of ‘negative’ behaviours (i.e., fidgeting, irrelevant remarks). In study 2, there were no significant changes in verbal behaviours, but significant group differences (though wide individual variation) in both positive and negative non‐verbal social communication behaviours. CONCLUSIONS & IMPLICATIONS: Our findings suggest that training specific social communication skills that are important for interview success, and consistently reinforcing those behaviours during therapy practice, can increase the use of those skills in an interview setting, though in this heterogeneous population there was considerable variation in therapy outcome. The skills of the interviewer were identified as a potential source of variation in outcome, and a target for future research and practice.

Type: Article
Title: Evaluation of an interview skills training package for adolescents with speech, language and communication needs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12315
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12315
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Social Sciences, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Linguistics, Rehabilitation, social skills, interview, language disorder, autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Follow-Up, Psychosocial Outcomes, Young-People, Adult Life, Children, Impairment, Employment, Transition, History
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048031
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