Problem solving skill maintenance among female college roommates: A three month follow-up
Sheets, Kathleen L.
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The purpose of the present study was to conduct a follow-up assessment of the effectiveness of the Sauer (1979) problem solving skills training program for female college roommate pairs. Sixty-one percent of the original experimental subjects (n=22) and 59% of the control subjects (n=20) participated in the three-month follow-up. Behavioral and written m.easures were completed three months after training to assess: (a) problem solving ability and satisfaction with the ability to resolve conflicts, (b) campus satisfaction, and (c) roommate satisfaction. Analysis of covariance results indicated that subjects who received training relative to the untrained subjects, demonstrated significant pretest to follow-up increases in problem solving ability. No significant pretest to follow-up changes were found for the Problem Solving Solution Scale, the Community, Awareness, and Propriety subscales of the CUES II or the Relationship Satisfaction Scale. Discussion centered on the importance of long-term problem solving skill maintenance as well as on future implications of this training approach.