The Role of Social-Cognitive Skills in the Determination of Children's Social Competence

Susan H. Spence*

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    Abstract

    Very few attempts to enhance children's social competence have incorporated both cognitive and overt skill components. A case is made for the importance of cognitive influences upon children's social functioning. These include not only social-cognitive skills such as social perception, social problem solving and self monitoring but also the role of maladaptive cognitive events which interfere with adequate social response. Evidence concerning the importance of social-cognitive skills is discussed and the need for an integrated cognitive-behavioural approach in children's social enhancement programs is highlighted.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-18
    Number of pages10
    JournalBehaviour Change
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1988

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