Vineland Social Maturity Scale

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A scale designed to measure social competence, defined as a functional composite of human traits that subserve social usefulness and are reflected in self-sufficiency and in service to others, from birth to 30 years of age. It measures eight categories of behaviour: self-help general, self-help eating, self-help dressing, locomotion, occupation, communication, self-direction, and socialization. An inter-view is conducted with a parent, sibling, or other third party who is familiar with the person being assessed, and scores are assigned according to the behaviours that are reported to be customarily exhibited, the assessment being expressed in terms of social age or social quotient. It was developed by the US psychologist Edgar (Arnold) Doll (1889–1968), originally published in 1936, and discussed in Doll's booklet Your Child Grows Up in 1950. [Named by Doll after the Vineland Training School for the Mentally Retarded, where it was developed]

Subjects: Psychology.

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