Children's responses to interpersonal obstacles as a predictor of social competence

Maurice J. Elias, Juliet J. Beier, Michael A. Gara

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Children's responses to interpersonal obstacles and the relationship of these responses to social competence were investigated using the Social Problem Situation Analysis Measure. In this procedure, children respond to standard vignettes and then have their initial response negated by the examiner. The data showed that indices of problem-solving skills in standard and obstacle situations were indeed complementary. Problem solving in response to obstacles was the strongest predictor of self-concept and teachers' ratings of studients' adjustment. Expectancies in standard situations were most predictive of behavioral problem solving and social isolation. The discussion emphasized implications for theory and research into the way in which social problem solving under obstacle conditions relates to different indices of social competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-465
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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