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ISRN Pediatrics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 272913, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/272913
Clinical Study

A Pilot Study of Social Competence Assessment Using Interaction Rating Scale Advanced

Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibarnki 305-8574, Japan

Received 11 August 2011; Accepted 2 October 2011

Academic Editor: J. Otten

Copyright © 2011 T. Anme et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the validity of the Interaction Rating Scale Advanced (IRSA) as an evidence-based practical index of social skills. Methods. The participants in our study were 17 high school students. The participants completed the five-minute interaction session and were observed using the IRSA. Their teacher evaluated their social competence based on regular observation in school. Results. The results indicated the high correlation between IRSA scores and teacher's practical evaluation. IRSA can measure social competence with high validity. Conclusion. The IRSA provides further evidence of the fact that in order to study social competence development, it is important to evaluate various features of the interaction like IRSA subscales.