ERIC Number: ED069357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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What Behaviors May Be Called Deviant for Children? A Comparison of Two Approaches to Behavior Classification.
Adkins, Dee Ann; Johnson, Stephen M.
In summarizing the results of naturalistic observations of children, it is often useful to have a reading of the child's overall deviance and the responses of social agents to these deviant behaviors. Traditionally, investigators have categorized a series of child behaviors as deviant based solely on their own assumptions with no empirical basis for classification. The present study was directed toward the deviation and comparison of two methods which could provide a more empirical classification base. In method 1, 66 parents of young children who had been recruited for observational research were given a questionnaire which required them to characterize the observed child behaviors as deviant or nondeviant. In method 2, behaviors were classified on the basis of the proportion of aversive and positive consequences which they actually received during the observation period. Those behaviors which received less positive and more negative consequences were presumed to be viewed as more undesirable or deviant. Comparisons of the two methods revealed a significant degree of agreement between questionnaire and observational derived classification. (Author)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Hollingshead Social Economic Status Measures; Shipley Institute of Living Scale