Assessing the sensitivity of the evaluation of social interaction: comparing social skills in children with and without disabilities.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: We examined the sensitivity of the Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) as a measure of the overall quality of social interaction in children as they engage in social exchanges in a natural context with typical social partners. METHOD: We compared the ESI measures of 23 children with disabilities with those of 23 children without disabilities, matched by age and gender. RESULTS: Paired t-test analysis revealed a statistically significant difference, t(22) = -4.065, p = .001, in the quality of social interaction for the two groups of children, indicating sensitivity of the ESI. CONCLUSION: The results support the use of the ESI to measure quality of social interaction in a natural context.
  • Authors

  • Griswold, Lou Ann
  • Townsend, Samantha
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2012
  • Keywords

  • Child
  • Disabled Children
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Observation
  • Social Behavior
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 23106991
  • Start Page

  • 709
  • End Page

  • 717
  • Volume

  • 66
  • Issue

  • 6