Social Conduct Scale (SCS): a psychometric investigation

Caroline Tozzi Reppold, Nelson Hauck Filho, Claudio Simon Hutz, Marco Antônio Pereira Teixeira
2016 Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica  
The social conduct of an individual comprises all the interpersonal behaviors that he or she exhibits in the social contexts he or she is exposed to. The Social Conduct Scale (SCS) is a self-report instrument developed to provide researchers and clinicians with information on prosocial, antisocial and oppositional-defiant tendencies of Portuguese-speaking children and adolescents. In the present study, we conducted an analysis of the criterion validity of the SCS by comparing the scores
more » ... the scores obtained from a large population-based sample (N = 1,172) against an offender (N = 129), a scholar (N = 31), and a clinic-referred (N = 24) sample of adolescents with marked previous conduct problems. As expected, antisocial youths had significantly higher means on antisocial behaviors and lower means on prosocial tendencies when compared to the population-based sample. Overall, findings supported the hypothesized criterion validity of the SCS. The instrument might play a role as a helpful resource for researchers, clinicians and practitioners interested in assessing the social conduct of Brazilian children and adolescents.
doi:10.1186/s41155-016-0026-8 fatcat:qajvyj5g2zei7mgnjxwtqt7ck4