About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Appropriate social skills; Inappropriate assertiveness; Impulsive; Overconfident; Jealousy/Withdrawal
Description This is a rating scale that assesses social behaviour in children, having broad applicability for early identification of social excesses and deficits and as a dependent variable in treatment-outcome research.
Example I look at people when I talk to them
Link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0005796783900013

Implementation details

No. of items 62
Format Likert
Respondent Multiple
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 4-18
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .84-.93
Test retest Over 2 weeks: r= .50 for self-report and r=.55 for teacher version
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 4-factor orthogo
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity Matson Evaluation of Social Skills with Youngsters (MESSY) is significantly correlated with a number of other measures of social skills, r = [.23,.30] (Matson et al., 1983); Multiple evidence of convergent validity was found between the parent/teacher form and the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) subscales and the Autism Spectrum Disorders- Comorbidity for Children (ASD-CC) subscale (Matson et al., 2010)
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Matson, J.L., Rotatori, A.F., Helsel, W.J. (1983). Development of a rating scale to measure social skills in children: The Matson Evaluation of Social Skills with Youngsters (MESSY). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 21(4), 335-340. doi:10.1016/0005-7967(83)90001-3
Matson et al. (2010). Reliability and the validity of the Matson Evaluation of Social Skills with Youngsters. Behavior Modification, 34(6), 539-558. doi:10.1177/0145445510384844