Deficits in social skills are often seen in psychiatric patients. In
particular instances these may be a consequence of the psychiatric illness,
a contributing cause to that illness, or a feature of the psychiatric
disorder. During the last two decades, systematic training programs in
social skills have been developed and evaluated for the amelioration of
these deficiencies. The author critically reviews basic concepts and
methods in social skills training and the results of treatment in case
reports, analogue studies, and single-case experimental designs.