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Problem-Solving Training

Description of the Strategy

Children face problems every day, and some have more difficulties evaluating and coming up with viable solutions than others. Problem solving is a behavioral strategy that aids in the identification and definition of challenging situations, as well as the generation, selection, and activation of potentially effective responses. Clearly defining a problem situation and generating multiple solutions can enhance the likelihood that an effective response will emerge. Children with effective problem-solving skills are accepted by their peers, able to communicate effectively, and are cautious decision makers. In contrast, problem-solving deficits have been linked to many child and adolescent problems, including academic failure, school dropout, substance use, conduct problems, teenage pregnancy, and peer rejection. Thus, these skills are important for ...

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