About the Measure

Domains Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 2
Subscales Prosocial orientation; Social initiative
Description Rating measure for parents and teachers for social competence, conceptualized as social skills and behaviour.
Example Often suggests activities and games to play with peers
Link Contact author at annmargret.rydell@psyk.uu.se

Implementation details

No. of items 25
Format Likert
Respondent Multiple
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 7-10
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .75-.94
Test retest r= .59 for Prosocial Orientation and r= .81 for Social Initiative, by teachers over 1 year period;
r= .77 for Prosocial Orientation and r= .79 for Social Initiative, by parents over 1 year period
Inter-rater reliability r= [.17,.45]
EFA 2-factor oblique
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity Both subscales were related to observed peer behaviour, r = .29, p < .01;
Both subscales differentiated popular from rejected children (F = 22.16, p < .0001 and F = 13.66, p < .001 for prosocial orientation and social initiative, respectively). Prosocial orientation separated rejected from average children (F = 8.68, p < .01 ), and the difference between the average and the popular group was close to significance (F = 3.68, p = .06). Social initiative separated popular from average children ( F = 4.62, p < .05), whereas rejected children were marginally different from average in this respect (F = 2.81, p < .10)
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Rydell, A. M., Hagekull, B., & Bohlin, G. (1997). Measurement of two social competence aspects in childhood. Developmental Psychology, 33(5), 824-833. doi:10.1037//0012-1649.33.5.824