Friendship and Social Skills Test (FASST)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Friendship and Social Skills Test (FASST) is a parent-report measure of child peer relationships and social skills that can assist teachers and clinicians in referring children to social skills interventions.

Main constructs measured

Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Elementary school

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration


Number of items


Item format

Four-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Available languages


Fee for use Free and publicly available
Credentials required for administration


Overall score reporting

A total score is reported.

Subscore reporting

There are five subscores:

  • Friendship activities
  • Peer victimization
  • Expressed concern
  • Negative social behaviors
  • Positive social skills
Scoring procedures

The measure is self-scored.

Interpretive information

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Children aged 8 to 13 recruited from a single predominantly white county in the United States (N=423).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) estimates for scales ranged from 0.72 to 0.90. Total score reliability was 0.89. Test-retest reliability (1 to 2 month interval) ranged from 0.58 to 0.83. Total score test-retest reliability was 0.85.

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Content domains are specified based on literature review, and items are developed by expert panel (Whiteside et al, 2016).
Evidence based on response processes
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on internal structure
Confirmatory factor analysis was used to substantiate five subscale scores. Boys scored significantly higher than girls on all scales except peer victimization. A subgroup of students with diagnosed social competence problems scored higher on all scales than the general population (Whiteside et al, 2016).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
Scores on the FASST correlated in the expected direction with scores on the BASC-2 (Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004; Whiteside et la, 2016).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

Whiteside, S. P. H., McCarthy, D. M., Sim, L. A., Biggs, B. K., Petrikin, J. E., & Mellon, M. W. "Development of the Friendships and Social Skills Test (FASST): A parent report measure," Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 25, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1777–1788.

Reynolds, C. R., & Kamphaus, R. W. , "Behavior assessment system for children (2nd ed.)," American Guidance Service, 2004.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.