Consortium on Individual Development

Measurements

Social competence & behavioral control

CID will study 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 and behavioral control, skills that are essential for functioning in society and for reducing risk of behavioral and emotional problems. The ultimate goal is reduction in externalizing behavior problems, an increase of social competence, and more adaptive emotional regulation and behavioral control.

All work packages of CID focus on the development of social competence and behavioral control and use the same core measures. In all cohorts a specific subset of measures is used to track the development of these two aspects of behavior. Social competence and behavioral control are essential skills for functioning in society and for reducing risk of behavioral and emotional problems. In addition, there are several other joined instruments, allowing (partial) integration of the datasets.

For the assessments of social competence and behavioral control within CID, please click here.

Central concepts in CID: Social competence – The ability to engage in meaningful interactions with others; behavioral control – The ability to control one’s emotions, behavior, and impulses and to adapt to rules.