Social Competence – Parent

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.

Who Completed this Measure?: Parent

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: PyD

Scored Dataset Name: SCPySPc

Empathy, Peer Relationships, Problem Solving, Self Control, Sibling Relationships,

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

site Study Site
tcid Child's ID Number
SITECODE Actual Code Number on Form
YEAR Year of Participation in Study
RESP Respondent Code
INTID Interviewer ID Number
P1DSC1 Accepts things not going his/her way
P1DSC2 Copes well with failure
P1DSC3 Thinks before acting
P1DSC4 Resolves problems with friends alone
P1DSC5 Can calm down when excited
P1DSC6 Does what told to do
P1DSC7 Good at understanding others feelings
P1DSC8 Controls temper when disagreement
P1DSC9 Shares things with others
P1DSC10 Helpful to others
P1DSC11 Listens to others points of view
P1DSC12 Can give suggestions without being bossy
SCP1COM Prosocial/Comm. Skills - SCP - Y1
SCP1EMO Emotional Reg. Skills - SCP - Y1