The study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral counseling program in improving social skills and reducing the feeling of shyness among adolescent students in Jerusalem, using the quasi-experimental approach on a sample of 30 male and female students aged from 15 to 17 years, which have lower social skills and a higher feeling of shyness scores. The sample was divided equally into two groups, experimental and control. The experimental group received the conseling program within 12 sessions, two sessions a week, each lasting for 60 minutes. The results showed statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups in the post-test of social skills and the feeling of shyness in favor of the experimental group. The differences are also significant between the pre and post-tests on the experimental group in favor of the post-test, while there are no significant differences between the post and follow-up test among the experimental group members on social skills and shyness scales. This indicates the effectiveness of the counseling program in improving social skills and reducing the feeling of shyness. The results also showed that the effect of the counseling program reached .941 in improving social skills and .958 in reducing the feeling of shyness. The study recommends applying the developed counseling program and the inclusion of extension plans for educational counselors in schools for extension programs to improve social skills and reduce the feeling of shyness among students at all school levels.
Shaheen, Mohammed Ahmed and Al-Shaikh, Reeman Adeeb Joda
"Effectiveness of a Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling Program in Improving Social Skills and Reducing the Feeling of Shyness Among Adolescent Students in Jerusalem,"
Journal of Al-Quds Open University for Educational & Psychological Research & Studies: Vol. 12:
36, Article 20.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.aaru.edu.jo/jaqou_edpsych/vol12/iss36/20