ERIC Number: ED188792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Factor Analysis of a Behavioral Checklist Applied to Preschool Children in Hawaii.
McLaughlin, Dennis G.; And Others
A checklist developed in the Hawaii State Department of Health was completed by teachers and aides to screen for behavioral problems of children in preschools. The 31 items were categorized conceptually into four areas: (1) Speech-hearing-language; (2) Academic-intellectual; (3) Physical-motor; and (4) Social-emotional. If two or more items were checked in any of the first three categories, a child was referred for further screening. This report presents the orthogonal dimensions of principle component factor analysis with varimax rotation on 688 preschoolers referred for further screening on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Thirty-nine preschools, from a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic circumstances, were involved. Eleven factors with an eigenvalue of 1.0 or greater accounted for 57.7% of the cumulated variance. These 11 factors were memory-comprehension, emotions, poor vocabulary, lacking energy, distractible-disruptible, fidgety-hyperactive, inarticulate, social problems, poor persistence, clumsiness, and peer dislike. The factor names, the percentage of variance accounted for by each one, the items contributing to the factors, and the factor loadings are displayed in tables. Tentative recommendations, compiled by four clinical psychologists, are given for treatment of each of the 11 factors. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the meetings of the Western Psychological Association (Honolulu, HI, 1980).