Social Competence


Social competence has been an important concept in the behavioral literature since the 1970s and has received a great deal of attention in both research and practice. Social competence is an important aspect of a student's short-term and long-term adaptation in psychosocial, educational, and vocational spheres of functioning. Social competence embodies the development and maintenance of satisfactory interpersonal relationships with both peers and adults.

Many students, particularly those at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), experience deficits in social competence. Included in the EBD population are students who otherwise might be classified by schools as having emotional disturbance or by clinicians as having externalizing disorders (e.g., conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) or internalizing disorders (e.g., anxiety disorder, depressive ...

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