The multifaceted nature of social competence during middle childhood

Project: Dissertation

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology


  • Prosocial behavior, Emotionality, Emotion regulation, Perspective taking, Empathic concern


Social competence in school-age children is a longitudinal project that studies the stability and change of socially competent behavior during the schoolyears. We followed 8-year-old children from grade 2 to grade 4, in parallel with 10-year-old children from grade 4 to grade 6. The aim of the study was to provide a better understanding of how children’s individual characteristics and skills develop and interact in order to understand more about their social interactions with others and the development of successful social relationships. The focus was on the relation between the child's temperament, cognitive development and social behavior. In particular, the longitudinal association between emotionality and emotion regulation, empathic concern, social perspective-taking skills and prosocial behavior.
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Related research output

Åsa Arvidsson & Bengtsson, H., 2013.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Bengtsson, H. & Åsa Arvidsson, 2011, In : Social Development. 20, 2, p. 353-375

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