Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
10/08/2019
Date assigned
13/08/2019
Last edited
13/08/2019
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims:
The present study was an attempt to investigate the effect of communication skills training on social empowerment and social adjustment of adolescents with an intellectual disability.

Who can participate?
The population of the study consisted of all female students aged between 13-15-years who were studying at special schools in the city of Ghaen during 2018.

What does the study involve?
The experimental group receives 10 group Communication Skill training sessions and the control group receives no education.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The benefits of this training are that it enhances communication skills and social empowerment and social adjustment in teens with a learning disability. There is no risk to the participants.

Where is the study run from?
Psychological Center Tolou (Personal), Khorasan, Ghaenat, Iran

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
April 2019 to August 2019

Who is funding the study?
Investigator-initiated and funded

Who is the main contact?
Mohammad Tahan
t.mohammad2@gmail.com

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Mr Mohammad Tahan

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2175-4584

Contact details

Islamic Azad University
Young Researchers and Elite Club
Birjand Branch
Birjand
-
Iran
+989363049935
t.mohammad2@gmail.com

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

Nil known

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Nil known

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Communication skills training on social empowerment and social adjustment of adolescents with an intellectual disability

Acronym

N/A

Study hypothesis

This study attempts to evaluate the impact of communication skills training on social empowerment and social adjustment of adolescents with an intellectual disability.

Ethics approval

Approved 06/05/2019, Institute Mobtakran Regional Research Ethics Committee (Khorasan, Ghaenat, Iran; +989159616152; info@mobtakeranshargh.ir), ref: IMP6520.

Study design

Control-Group Pretest-Posttest Quasi-Experimental study, randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a participant information sheet

Condition

Mild mental retardation

Intervention

After the selection of samples, subjects’ teachers or parents filled the social competence scale (social empowerment) and Vineland’s social maturity scale. 24 students in the sample available sample population (census) were selected and randomly divided into two groups: control (n = 12) and experimental (n = 12). The experimental group received 10 sessions of 45 minutes during the first months of training in communication skills were the control group did not receive the intervention. The intervention group did not receive any training though, the subjects filled the same questionnaires after a week.

Session 1
An introduction to the goals, elaboration of some social communication techniques, statement of goals.

Session 2
Starting and termination a useful communication, barriers to effective communication, elaboration of the communication model.

Session 3
Non-verbal language and interpretation of that, physical characteristics and environmental factors in non-verbal communication.

Session 4
Different types of listening, barriers to listening, mastery of listening skills during a communication.

Session 5
Reflection of emotions and concepts, verbal sympathy and presentation of decisive but flexible responses.

Session 6
Different types of Self-Assertiveness, their benefits and functions, social communication techniques.

Session 7
Having the courage to say "No". the six stages of self- Assertiveness, power enhancement

Session 8
Conflict and its different types, personal and group conflict prevention and inhibition.

Session 9
Collaborative Problem-solving technique and its applications to problem-solving traps.

Session 10
Honesty, sympathy and love, formulation and implementation of a commitment letter for employment of communication skills.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

1. Social empowerment is measured using the social competence scale
2. The ability of individuals to meet their practical needs and assume responsibilities is measured using the Vineland’s Social Maturity Scale

Secondary outcome measures

N/A

Overall trial start date

12/04/2019

Overall trial end date

08/08/2019

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Aged 13-15 years old.
2. Female.
3. Lack of familial damages induced by divorce or the death of parents.
4. Willingness to participate in research.
5. Girls with an intellectual disability (IQ: 50-70).
6. Informed consent of parents.

Participant type

Healthy volunteer

Age group

Child

Gender

Female

Target number of participants

24

Participant exclusion criteria

Acute physical or psychological diseases.

Recruitment start date

10/05/2019

Recruitment end date

05/08/2019

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Iran

Trial participating centre

Psychological Center (Personal)
Ghaenat
-
Iran

Sponsor information

Organisation

Mobtakeran Scientific

Sponsor details

Ghaen
South-Khorasan
Ghaen
-
Iran
+989159616152
info@mobtakeranshargh.ir

Sponsor type

Industry

Website

http://www.mobtakeranshargh.ir

Funders

Funder type

Industry

Funder name

Mobtakeran Scientific

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Planned publication in a high-impact peer-reviewed journal.

IPD sharing statement: the datasets generated and/or analysed during the current study during this study will be included in the subsequent results publication.

Intention to publish date

10/02/2020

Participant level data

Other

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

13/08/2019: Trial's existence confirmed by the Institute Mobtakran Regional Research Ethics Committee.