Social Competence Scale for Parents

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes six items designed for parents to rate their teenagers' social competence. Social Competence in adolescence is defined as a set of positive social skills necessary to get along well with others and function constructively in groups, including, a) respecting and expressing appreciation for others; b) being able to work and communicate well with others and listen to others' ideas; c) demonstrating context-appropriate behavior that is consistent with social norms; and d) using a range of skills or processes aimed at resolving conflict. 


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Creator(s) of Tool
Measure developed by Child Trends for the Flourishing Children Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation. For more information on positive indicators, search the Child Trends web page at
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: Not at all like my child=0; A little like my child=1; Somewhat like my child=2; A lot like my child=3; and Exactly like my child=4; and None of the time=0; A little of the time=1; Some of the time=2; Most of the time=3; and All of the time=4. The maximum score for this scale equals 24. Total scores allow for quick overviews of how individuals are doing, as well as easy comparisons in aggregate between pre- and post tests.
Background / Quality
This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of parents. It has been found to have adequate reliability (alpha=.62).
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