International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 17 Num. 3 - October 2017


Construct, Measurement and Assessment of Social Competence in Early Adolescence

Volume 17 Num. 3 - October 2017 - Pages 337-348


Eva M Romera , José L Fernández Rabanillo , Olga Gómez Ortiz, , Rosario Ortega Ruiz , José A Casas Bolaños


This study explores differences in the conceptualization of social competence according to the measure used. To do so, the relations of influence of social cognition variables in the development of social competence are analyzed by means of two different scales. The participants included 425 students (49% girls) ranging in age from 10 to 13 years (M= 10.94, SD= .78). Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation models were performed. The results showed optimal psychometric properties for the Spanish adaptation of the Social Competence Scale (SCS) and the Perceived Social Competence Scale-II (PSCS-II). Development and peer perception goals and popularity and peer support goals were found to have a direct effect on the PSCS-II and the SCS, respectively. The differences observed in the explanatory models are discussed from the perspective of the social competence constructs measured by each scale.

How to cite this paper: Romera EM, Fernández-Rabanillo JL, Gómez-Ortiz O, Ortega-Ruiz R, & Casas-Bolaños JA (2017). Construct, Measurement and Assessment of Social Competence in Early Adolescence. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 17, 337-348.

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