A Case Study Examination of Emotional Competence in a Tween Male


  • Carianne Bernadowski Robert Morris University


Emotional competence, shyness, adolescence, tween, United States, education, psychology, case study design, teachers


A case study design was used to investigate the emotional competence of a Caucasian tween boy from an upper middle class family. Three themes emerged from the data, which were collected via observations, interviews, and two self-surveys; built in friendship, yes man, invisible leader. The findings from the data parallel the literature that reveals that children who consider themselves shy or socially withdrawn tend to find comfort in friendships that come with team sports, do not speak up despite the situation for which they find themselves, and whose leadership skills differ significantly from children that are outgoing or outspoken. These findings help inform how teachers approach and work with shy children in schools. Additionally, parents of shy children should be concerned with the emotional competence of their children and work with them to develop strategies to be successful in their tween years and beyond including nurturing leadership qualities.

Author Biography

  • Carianne Bernadowski, Robert Morris University

    Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
    Coordinator of the Reading Specialist Program
    Coordinator of English and Communications Secondary Education Teacher
    Robert Morris University
    Moon Township, PA, United States




How to Cite

A Case Study Examination of Emotional Competence in a Tween Male. (2016). International Forum Journal, 19(1), 5-17. https://journals.aiias.edu/info/article/view/105