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Sociometric Assessment

  • By: R. T. Busse
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Sociometric assessment is the measurement of interpersonal relationships in a social group. Sociometric measurement or assessment methods provide information about an individual's social status, which is their social standing within a group. School-based sociometric assessment focuses on a child's relationships with peers. Most sociometric assessment methods derive information on social relationships by assessing children's positive and negative social perceptions of one another. Researchers have found that sociometric assessment can be useful in identifying children's social standing and predicting children's positive or negative social outcomes.

Measuring and understanding a child's social status is important for several reasons. The establishment of friendships and positive social interactions are important for children's social development. Children with poor peer relationships often experience negative social and emotional consequences that can continue throughout ...

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