Intelligence and social competence among high-risk adolescents

Suniya S. Luthar, Edward Zigler

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Interactions between intelligence and psychosocial factors were examined in terms of influences on social competence among 144 inner-city ninth-grade students. Psychosocial variables examined included ego development, locus of control, and positive and negative life events. Definitions of social competence were based on peer ratings, teacher ratings, and school grades. Results indicated that, unlike their less intelligent peers, intelligent youngsters showed higher competence levels at high versus low levels of both ego development and internal locus of control. Findings were interpreted in the context of sociocultural influences on academic achievement among disadvantaged adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-299
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopment and psychopathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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