About the Measure

Domains Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1
Subscales Belief; Knowledge; Perception; Desire; Intention; Emotion
Description The Children’s Social Understanding Scale (CSUS) is a parent report measure designed to assess individual differences in children’s theories of mind.
Example Talks about differences in what people like or want
Link https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Sabbagh/publication/266264081_The_Children's_Social_Understanding_Scale_Construction_and_Validation_of_a_Parent-Report_Measure_for_Assessing_Individual_Differences_in_Children's_Theories_of_Mind/links/54353f4f0cf2

Implementation details

No. of items 42
Format Likert
Respondent Parent
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 3-6
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .90
Test retest Small subgroup after 1-4 weeks: both full and
short scales, r=.88
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity r= [.31,.47] (Theory of Mind measures)
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Tahiroglu, D., Moses, L.J., Carlson, S.M. & Sabbagh, M.A. (2014). The children's social understanding scale: Construction and validation of a parent-report measure for assessing individual differences in children's theories of mind. Developmental Psychology, 50(11), 2485-2497. doi:10.1037/a0037914