About the Measure

Domains Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1
Subscales Task Orientation; Considerateness; Extraversion
Description Designed to measure the adequacy of preschool children’s interpersonal behaviour and the degree to which they assume social responsibility. Implicit in this definition is the concept of independence. The items of this scale cover a wide range of behaviours, such as response to routine, response to the unfamiliar, following instructions, making explanations, sharing, helping others, initiating activities, giving direction to activities, reaction to frustration, and accepting limits.
Example He takes objects when in use by others without asking permission
Link https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/100084/v04n2p203.pdf?sequence=1

Implementation details

No. of items 30
Format Likert
Respondent Teacher
Scoring Complex
Time 15
Age 2-6
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .79-.94
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability r= [.75,.86]
EFA 3-factor orthogo
CFA 5-factor model
Chi-square(289)= 813.83
RMSEA= .07
CFI= .88
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity r= [-.62,.64] between California Preschool Social Competence Scale subscales and the Classroom Behaviour Inventory
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness No
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Proger, B. B. (1974). Test Review No. 17: California Preschool Social Competency Scale. The Journal of Special Education, 8(4), 391–395. doi:10.1177/002246697400800411
Ladd, G. W., & Price, J. M. (1987). Predicting children's social and school adjustment: Following the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Child Development, 58, 1168-1189. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.1987.tb01450.x
Flint, D. L., Hick, T. L., Horan, M. D., Irvine, D. J., & Kukuk, S. E. (1980). Dimensionality of the California Preschool Social Competency Scale. Applied Psychological Measurement, 4(2), 203–212. doi:10.1177/014662168000400207
Julvez, J., Forns, M., Ribas-Fitó, N., Mazon, C., Torrent, M., Garcia-Esteban, R., … Sunyer, J. (2008). Psychometric characteristics of the California Preschool Social Competence Scale in a Spanish population sample. Early Education and Development, 19(5), 795–815. doi:10.1080/10409280802375430