ERIC Number: ED247288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Two Measures of Type A Behavior in Children.
Jackson, Christine; Levine, Douglas W.
This study assessed the interchangeability of the Matthews Youth Test for Health (MYTH) and Hunter-Wolf A-B Rating Scale. Data from 25 elementary teachers and 300 of their students showed these scales to be weakly correlated, and the concordance of their A-B classifications to be only slightly above that expected by chance. Weak agreement was found even when teachers and students rated the same Type A behaviors, suggesting that variability in content is not the principal reason for the lack of agreement between these measures. This study also assessed the interrater reliability of the MYTH while controlling for the effects of different classroom environments on Type A responding. Whereas the mean interrater agreement was fairly high, considerable variation was found across the seven pairs of raters. Finally, this study examined the association between the Hunter-Wolf and the student version of the Jenkins Activity Survey (JAS). Data from 393 high school seniors revealed a moderately strong correlation between the Hunter-Wolf and the JAS. The results of this study strongly suggest that the youth measures of Type A behavior not be considered interchangeable. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hunter Wolf A B Rating Scale; Jenkins Activity Survey; Matthews Youth Test for Health; Type A Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).