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Social Competence Training for Adolescents With Borderline Intellectual Functioning (SCT-ABI)

This study has been completed.
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University of Ulm Identifier:
First received: June 4, 2008
Last updated: June 5, 2008
Last verified: June 2008

Emotional and behavioural problems as well as a lack of social competence are supposed to be common phenomena in adolescents with borderline intellectual functioning, consequently impairing their social and vocational integration. Considering the lack of evaluated group interventions for this population, a cognitive-behavioural training is developed and its effectiveness is examined in a population of students attending special vocational schools.

77 adolescents with borderline intelligence are enrolled participated in the study. They are randomized either to the intervention group, who received 9 group sessions over a period of 3 months additionally to the standard vocational training (Social Competence Training for Adolescents with Borderline Intelligence, SCT-ABI) or to the control group who received only the standard vocational training. Outcome measures at the end of the intervention and at a 6-months follow-up assessment comprise self-reports, caregiver-reports, and behavioural observations of cognitive, emotional, and behavioural factors of social competence.

Condition Intervention Phase
Mental Disorders
Behavioral: Social competence training
Behavioral: Special vocational training
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Social Competence Group Training for Adolescents With Borderline Intellectual Functioning

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Further study details as provided by University of Ulm:

Enrollment: 77
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
8 group sessions social competence training (CBT)
Behavioral: Social competence training
8 group sessions multi-modal social competence training, 2-4 hours each, 2 trainers, 6-10 participants
Active Comparator: B
special vocational training as usual
Behavioral: Special vocational training
as provided in German special centres for vocational training


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 23 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 16 - 23 years
  • participating in special vocational training program
  • elevated scores in a screening measure of behavioral/emotional disorders (CBCL or YSR T>59)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • major psychiatric disorder (psychosis, major depression, substance abuse)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00692081

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Ulm
Principal Investigator: Lutz Goldbeck, Ph.D. University Ulm
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00692081     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UNIVULM
Study First Received: June 4, 2008
Last Updated: June 5, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Ulm:
borderline intellectual functioning
social competence training
vocational training
group intervention
cognitive behavioral therapy
Adolescents with borderline intellectual functioning

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on April 28, 2017