The aim of this study is to adapt to Turkish the Social-Emotional and Character Development Scale developed by Ji, DuBois and Flay (2013) in order to determine the social-emotional and character development of children between the ages of 8-12. In this study, data were collected from two different groups as elementary and secondary school students. The first sample group of the study consists of 458 elementary school students studying in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in three different elementary schools in the central district of a province of Southeastern Anatolia. The second sample group of the study consisted of 340 secondary school students studying in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades in two different elementary schools in the same region and province. The construct validity of the scale was tested by Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and the criterion validity was examined. For both study groups, it was observed that the model was significant and produced good fit values. The criterion validity of the scale was examined using the Perceived Social Competence Scale. Accordingly, in both study groups, the sub-dimensions and total score of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Scale were found to have a moderate and high significant relationship with the Perceived Social Competence Scale. In the reliability study of the scale, Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of the Social-Emotional and Character Development Scale was found to be .88 for in both studies. Cronbach alpha reliability coefficients for sub-dimesnsions of the scale were found between .48 - .69 in the first study group; and between .60 - .72 in the second study group.
Social-emotional development, character development, confirmatory factor analysis, elementary school
|Yazar:||Kayhan BOZGÜN - - Kemal BAYTEMİR|