Consortium on Individual Development

CID measures of Social competence and Behavioural control

Social competence – The ability to engage in meaningful interactions with others
Behavioural control – The ability to control one’s emotions, behaviour, and impulses and to adapt to rules.

Social competence and behavioural control are essential skills for functioning in society and for reducing risk of behavioural and emotional problems.

CID measures

CID examines how environment (family characteristics, parents and siblings, peers, and broader societal influences including media) and child characteristics (genetic makeup, temperament, and pre- and perinatal factors) affect the development of social competence (SC) and behavioural control (BC).

A general overview of the measures used within CID to track the development of these two aspects of behaviour is available, as well as more detailed descriptions of the rationale and choice of social competence and behavioural control measures. The detailed descriptions were made possible by Dr. Jolien van der Graaff (social competence) and Dr. Renske Koordeman (behavioural control).

In all cohorts a specific subset of social competence and behavioural control measures is used. More details about each cohort can be found on their websites: