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ERIC Number: EJ1124016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Evaluating Positive Social Competence in Preschool Populations
Joy, Jennifer M.
School Community Journal, v26 n2 p263-289 2016
Social competence is seen as a critical aspect of academic and social success; however, the construct is often minimized to a set of social skills or the absence of negative behaviors. The current study aims to broaden the understanding of social competence by incorporating the factors associated with the development of social competence and the outcomes associated with social competence into one model. Additionally, the multifaceted construct of positive social competence included in the model is entirely positively framed. Participants in the current study were 153 sets of parents and children attending preschool in a large suburban preschool program in Colorado. Structural equation modeling was used to simultaneously examine how early risks and protective factors relate to social competence and how social competence relates to outcomes (social school readiness and self-concept/self-esteem). Data resulted in a well fitting model overall. Significant pathways were found between Child's Self-Regulation and Positive Social Competence and between Positive Social Competence and the two other endogenous variables in the model (i.e., variables explained by other variables in the model), namely Social School Readiness and Self-Concept/Self-Esteem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
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