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Volume 13, Issue 3 (1984)

Guest Editors' Comment: Social Competence and Social Skills: Development, Assessment, and Intervention

pp. 265—266

Social competence is vital in the present functioning and future development of children and youth. Social skills and adaptive behaviors in particular are essential to the acquisition and sharing of social and economic necessities and benefits. Social skills acquired in early childhood provide a valuable foundation for future skills and for adaptation to more responsible roles. Conversely, failure to acquire appropriate social repertoires in childhood often leads to experiences of isolation, rejection, and overall diminished happiness (Michelson & Wood, 1980)

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