Evaluating the psychometric quality of social skills measures: a systematic review

Cordier, Reinie, Speyer, Renée, Chen, Yu-Wei, Wilkes-Gillan, Sarah, Brown, Ted, Bourke-Taylor, Helen, Doma, Kenji, and Leicht, Anthony (2015) Evaluating the psychometric quality of social skills measures: a systematic review. PLoS ONE, 10 ( 7). e0132299. pp. 1-32.

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Abstract

Introduction: Impairments in social functioning are associated with an array of adverse outcomes. Social skills measures are commonly used by health professionals to assess and plan the treatment of social skills difficulties. There is a need to comprehensively evaluate the quality of psychometric properties reported across these measures to guide assessment and treatment planning.

Objective: To conduct a systematic review of the literature on the psychometric properties of social skills and behaviours measures for both children and adults.

Methods: A systematic search was performed using four electronic databases: CINAHL, PsycINFO, Embase and Pubmed; the Health and Psychosocial Instruments database; and grey literature using PsycExtra and Google Scholar. The psychometric properties of the social skills measures were evaluated against the COSMIN taxonomy of measurement properties using pre-set psychometric criteria.

Results: Thirty-Six studies and nine manuals were included to assess the psychometric properties of thirteen social skills measures that met the inclusion criteria. Most measures obtained excellent overall methodological quality scores for internal consistency and reliability. However, eight measures did not report measurement error, nine measures did not report crosscultural validity and eleven measures did not report criterion validity.

Conclusions: The overall quality of the psychometric properties of most measures was satisfactory. The SSBS-2, HCSBS and PKBS-2 were the three measures with the most robust evidence of sound psychometric quality in at least seven of the eight psychometric properties that were appraised. A universal working definition of social functioning as an overarching construct is recommended. There is a need for ongoing research in the area of the psychometric properties of social skills and behaviours instruments.

Item ID: 39403
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
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© 2015 Cordier et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

Funders: James Cook University
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 04:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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