Volume 13, Issue 3 (1984)
Social Competence: A Developmental Perspective
Nancy Eisenberg, Jerry D. Harris
ABSTRACT: Despite lack of consensus regarding a definition of social competence, many theorists and researchers emphasize effective peer relations and social interactions as central to their conceptualizations. An understanding of developmental changes, particularly in aspects of social cognition, is helpful to the practitioner who attempts to foster enhanced social competence.Illustrative of the larger array of social cognitive changes are those that occur in perspective taking, conceptions of friendship, interpersonal strategies and problem solving,moral judgment, and communication skills. Developmental changes in children’s cognitive,verbal, and behavioral competencies also have methodological implications for those who study or seek to promote social competence in children.
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