US sitcom used in study of social skills - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/09

US sitcom used in study of social skills

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A British study on social skills is turning to an American sitcom as a learning tool.

The Office is an NBC comedy about a boss with no social skills. Researchers at the University of Sussex observed kids as they watched clips to see when kids learn appropriate social behavior for themselves. They found that kids started cringing at the boss and his poor manners by age 8. Before that, they hardly noticed.

They also found the kids whose parents talked to them about people's feelings developed better social skills sooner than children whose parents did not discuss that.

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