General Methods of Assessment

  • Jessica A Boisjoli
  • Johnny L Matson


People encounter social interactions throughout the course of a day at their home, job, school, grocery store, and anywhere people are present. What contributes to the accord or conflict during these interactions are social skills. Adequate and poor social skills can be easily identified, even by the lay observer, yet defining what social skills are and what behaviors constitute a person being skilled or unskilled is more difficult. Numerous definitions of social skills exist; many of which are used in the assessment and treatment literature (Merrell & Gimpel,1998). Social skills definitions can be consolidated into three broad categories: a behavioral model, peer acceptance model, and social validity model (Gresham & Elliott,1984).


Social Skill Social Competence Social Validity Poor Social Skill Social Skill Rate System 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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