Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for Assessing Children's Social Skills

Fink, Elian, de Rosnay, Marc, Peterson, Candida and Slaughter, Virginia (2013) Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for Assessing Children's Social Skills. Infant and Child Development, 22 5: 539-552. doi:10.1002/icd.1809

Author Fink, Elian
de Rosnay, Marc
Peterson, Candida
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for Assessing Children's Social Skills
Journal name Infant and Child Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-7227
Publication date 2013-09-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/icd.1809
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 539
End page 552
Total pages 14
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We evaluated the utility of a brief, seven-item, teacher-rated Peer Social Maturity Scale (PSMAT). In Study 1, teachers of 138 Australian children (ranging from 5 to 8 years and 5 months old) in kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 rated their pupils' social maturity using the PSMAT and their classroom social skills via the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS). The PSMAT showed excellent internal consistency and a significant overall correlation with the SSRS social skills scale. Study 2 involved a new longitudinal sample of children who were rated by different classroom teachers in kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 of full-time primary school. Consistent with Study 1, at all three time points, PSMAT scores were highly correlated with SSRS social skills scores. PSMAT scores also correlated significantly with peer-rated social preference. These studies confirm that the PSMAT is a reliable and valid assessment of children's social maturity within their classroom peer groups.
Keyword Social skills
Social maturity
Peer preference
Early childhood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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