About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait), Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1
Subscales Social functioning in: School performancePeer relationships; Family relationships; Home duties/self-care
Description The CST is a pictorial forced choice measure that can be used to assess children’s ability to predict their own behaviour decisions and emotions in various peer provocation scenarios. For each picture and explanation of the scenario the child is asked to pick a given behavioural response (described) and emotional response (from pictured faces).
Example Taylor was building a very tall tower of blocks. Bobby knocked it down…What would you do if you were Taylor? (a) Build another t
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02568543.2014.883558

Implementation details

No. of items 3
Format Nominal
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 3-6
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α 13 of 16
Test retest After 3 months, r= [.17,.36], p < 0.001
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment: Significant positive and negative relationships for different CST response choices e.g. happy, r= [.13,.25]; Emotion knowledge: Affect Knowledge Test: significant positive and negative relationships for different CST response choices e.g. happy, r= [.13,.35]
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Kalb, S., Warren-Khot, H., & Zinsser, K. (2014). “How Would You Feel? What Would You Do?” Development and Underpinnings of Preschoolers’ Social Information Processing. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 28(2), 182–202. doi:10.1080/02568543.2014.883558