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ERIC Number: ED415474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
Pages: 21
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The BASC and TEMAS: Convergent Validity or Complementary Measures?
Flanagan, Rosemary
Accurate personality assessment of youngsters is complex because thorough assessment involves much more than direct assessment of the child. To better understand this challenge, two omnibus instruments for child-personality assessment--the Tell-Me-A-Story (TEMAS) and the Behavior Assessment System for Children Self-Report of Personality (BASC SRP)--and how these two interact are described in this paper. To test these assessments, 124 youngsters (aged 5 years 10 months to 13 years 11 months) were administered the tests. The results indicate that there are some notable relationships in evidence among the two measures, although these may reflect the instruments' complementarity rather than convergent validity, seeing as the same/similarly-named scales of both tools assessed different constructs. Furthermore, the TEMAS Personality Functions were frequently found to bear inverse relationships to BASC Scales that assess clinical or school problems. Nevertheless, the data suggest a complementary relationship between the two measures, i.e., a projective measure developed to assess conflict resolution/social problem solving and an objective measure of personality. The findings show that TEMAS scores in the direction of greater difficultly are associated with higher BASC scores on scales that assess Clinical and School Maladjustment. The implications of these results are discussed. Contains 11 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children