CORRELATES OF SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC COMPETENCE IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD

David S. Pellegrini, Ann S. Masten, Norman Garmezy, Micheal J. Ferrarese

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Abstract

Abstract The correlates of social and academic competence were investigated in 9–14 yr old children. Factor analysis of multiple measures of cognitive functioning, excluding IQ, identified three dimensions: (I) Social Comprehension; (2) Cognitive Efficiency and (3) Divergent Thinking. The social comprehension dimension was derived from measures of humor and social cognition. Although strongly related IO IQ, Social Comprehension still had a substantial unique relation to social competence in a school setting, as assessed by teachers and peers. While this dimension was the best predictor of social competence, IQ was by far the most powerful predictor of academic competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-714
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1987

Keywords

  • academic competence
  • humor
  • social cognition
  • social competence

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