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ERIC Number: ED370024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-22
Pages: 18
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Social Skills of Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances.
Kutash, Krista
Assessments of social competence have played a major role in the identification and treatment of youth with emotional disorders. This study examined the construct validity of the social skills subtest of the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS) when used with youth with emotional disorders. Comparisons were made to examine the convergent and discriminant validity of the social skills scale and to determine if the scale could distinguish between youth who were judged to be emotionally handicapped (EH) from youth judged to be non-emotionally handicapped (N-EH). The 99 subjects were predominantly male and Caucasian with an average standardized measure of intelligence of 85. Parents and teachers filled out their respective forms on the SSRS, in addition to other measurements, and their ratings served as the data for describing the subjects. Results suggest limited support for the convergent validity of the SSRS but not for the discriminant validity. All of the social skills scales completed by teachers distinguished between youth who were EH and N-EH. Only two of the social skills scales and none of the adaptive behavior scales completed by parents distinguished between the two groups. Teachers tended to view social competence and emotional competence as more closely related than did parents. Three tables and two figures summarize the study's data. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Social Skills Rating System