Measuring Children’s Perceptions of Robots’ Social Competence: Design and Validation

Vasiliki Charisi, Daniel Patrick Davison, Frances Martine Wijnen, Dennis Reidsma, Vanessa Evers

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This paper presents the design and validation of a measurement instrument for children’s perceptions of robots’ social competence. The need for a standardized validated instrument has emerged as a requisite for meta-analyses and comparisons among various studies in the field of child-robot interaction. We report on the development of the instrument and its validation, which adopted a design-based method with two iterations. We used construct validity, which was formed by divergent and convergent validity. Children’s perceptions of three different robotic platforms were examined in two empirical studies with 78 children aged 7-9 years, which was based on semi-structured interviews with qualitative thematic content analysis. The results indicated that children differentiate their perception of social competence depending on the perceived intentionality of the robot and they ascribe discrete categorizations to the robot such as a machine, social artifact and social agent. The findings are discussed in relation to existing literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, ICSR 2017, Tsukuba, Japan, November 22-24, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsAbderrahmane Kheddar, Eiichi Yoshida, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Kenji Suzuki, John-John Cabibihan, Friederike Eyssel, Hongsheng He
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-70022-9
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017
Event9th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2017 - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2017
Abbreviated titleICSR
Internet address


  • Child-robot interaction
  • Assessment
  • Social competence


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