Determining the presence of a problem: Comparing two approaches for detecting youth behavioral risk

R. W. Kamphaus, Christine DiStefano, Erin Dowdy, Katie Eklund, Alnita Rettig Dunn

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Abstract

Universal screening has been routinely advised for determining the presence of problems for initiating problem-solving processes and models. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of two screener development methods on the validity of score inferences for two teacher screeners of child behavioral and emotional risk. The reliability and validity indices associated with screener scores were compared by analyzing data for 472 children from 20 elementary schools who were screened for behavioral and emotional risk. Screener scores from both instruments were significantly related to academic achievement test scores, grades, and classification of at-risk students. Although there was evidence that specificity of risk classification was better for one screener, both instruments identified risk with good reliability and validity. A research agenda and practice implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-407
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Psychology Review
Volume39
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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