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Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for assessing children's social skills

Journal Article


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.

UOW Authors


  •   Fink, Elian (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Peterson, Candida C. (external author)
  •   Slaughter, Virginia (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Fink, E., de Rosnay, M., Peterson, C. & Slaughter, V. (2013). Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for assessing children's social skills. Infant and Child Development, 22 (5), 539-552.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84885834203

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1524

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 539

End Page


  • 552

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 5

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.

UOW Authors


  •   Fink, Elian (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Peterson, Candida C. (external author)
  •   Slaughter, Virginia (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Fink, E., de Rosnay, M., Peterson, C. & Slaughter, V. (2013). Validation of the Peer Social Maturity Scale for assessing children's social skills. Infant and Child Development, 22 (5), 539-552.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84885834203

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1524

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 539

End Page


  • 552

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 5