Social Competence Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes nine items that measure social competence in teenagers. 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 me=0; A little like me=1; Somewhat like me=2; A lot like me=3; and Exactly like me=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 36. 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 teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.79) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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