Longitudinal analyses of a hierarchical model of peer social competence for preschool children structural fidelity and external correlates

Nana Shin, Brian E. Vaughn, Mina Kim, Lisa Krzysik, Kelly K Freeman Bost, Brent A McBride, António J. Santos, Inês Peceguina, Gabrielle Coppola

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Achieving consensus on the definition and measurement of social competence (SC) for preschool children has proven difficult in the developmental sciences. We tested a hierarchical model in which SC is assumed to be a second-order latent variable by using longitudinal data (N = 345). We also tested the degree to which peer SC at Time 1 predicted changes in positive adjustment from Time 1 to Time 2, based on teacher and peer ratings. Using a multiple-method datacollection strategy, information for three subdomains of SC (social engagement/motivation, profiles of social interaction and personality assets assessed with Q-sorts, peer acceptance) were collected across consecutive years in preschool programs. Longitudinal confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) demonstrated invariance of both the measurement and the structural models across age levels and yielded a cross-time path weight of.74 for the second-order factor. Analyses

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-103
Number of pages31
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Volume57
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Preschool Children
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Social Adjustment
Structural Models
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Weights and Measures
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Social Skills
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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Longitudinal analyses of a hierarchical model of peer social competence for preschool children structural fidelity and external correlates. / Shin, Nana; Vaughn, Brian E.; Kim, Mina; Krzysik, Lisa; Freeman Bost, Kelly K; McBride, Brent A; Santos, António J.; Peceguina, Inês; Coppola, Gabrielle.

In: Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 1, 01.01.2011, p. 73-103.

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Shin, Nana ; Vaughn, Brian E. ; Kim, Mina ; Krzysik, Lisa ; Freeman Bost, Kelly K ; McBride, Brent A ; Santos, António J. ; Peceguina, Inês ; Coppola, Gabrielle. / Longitudinal analyses of a hierarchical model of peer social competence for preschool children structural fidelity and external correlates. In: Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. 2011 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 73-103.
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