Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts Honours
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Dr Lisbeth Pike
Dr Paul Murphy
The acquisition of social competence is an important developmental task for children. This review examines how child effects and environmental effects contribute to children's achievement of social competence. Environmental factors are addressed through Bronfenbrenner's (1999) ecological systems model of the microsystem, mesosystem and exosystem, The microsystem includes the home environment with parent-parent, parent-child and sibling relationships. The mesosystem includes the school environment with peer and teacher relationships. Finally, the exosystem incorporates indirect environments such as parent work, economic status and the media. Issues of reciprocal effects are addressed and the suggestion is made that social competence is the result of a pattern of experiences rather than one or two major causes. It is recommended that future research focus on children's experiences that have lasting effects.
Shean, M. B. (2004). Social Competence : An Exploration of Children's Experiences Within the Home Environment. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/969