Social Competence Scale - Parent Version

Abstract

The Social Competence Scale - Parent Version is a 12-item measure that assesses a child's prosocial behaviors, communication skills, and self control. The Social Competence Scale was created for the Fast Track Project. Some items on the Scale were adapted from the Kendall and Wilcox (1979) and Gersten (1976) assessments. New items were also developed. The Parent Version of the Scale contains a subset of the items on the Teacher Version.

Each item on this Scale states a behavior that a child may display in a social setting. Examples of statements include: "Your child can give suggestions and opinions without being bossy" and "Your child can calm down when excited or all wound up." The parent assesses how well each statement describes the child. Responses are coded on a five-point Likert scale ranging from zero (Not at all) to 4 (Very Well).

The Scale contains two subscales: Prosocial/Communication Skills (Items 4, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12) and Emotional Regulation Skills (Items 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8). In addition to the subscale scores, a total score on the 12 items is also reported. Subscale scores and the total score are calculated as the mean of responses. If more than half of the items on a subscale score or on the total score are missing responses, the score is not calculated. Measures with all responses missing are not scored.

T-tests of means for subscale scores and for the total score on this Scale show significant differences between the normative and control groups. The internal consistency measure (Cronbach alpha values) indicates that the total score and subscale scores are useful.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: PyD
Scored Dataset Name: SCPySPc

Keywords

Problem Solving, Empathy, Social Skills, Peer Relationships, Sibling Relationships, Self Control.