ERIC Number: ED447191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Determining a "Profile" of "Disconnected" Students.
Parish, Thomas S.; Parish, Joycelyn Gay
An attempt was made to create a profile of students at risk of disconnecting from school or being disconnected. In this study, 1,853 grade school students were evaluated by their teachers on the Potential Dropout Checklist (PDOC) (T. Parish and J. Parish, 1993), an instrument that offers 20 items believed to discern trouble spots or problem behaviors. Teachers also completed the Revised Personal History Inventory for Children (RPHIC) (T. Raish and S. Wigle, 1985), which is designed to assess the functionality of various support systems in students' lives. The two items on the PHIC most often found to be associated with PDOC problem spots and problem behaviors were inadequate supervision when not in school and uncaring or hostile parents. Other items on the PDOC were associated with RPHIC support student failures. These included: (1) poor attendance; (2) no participation in extracurricular activities; (3) below average scholastic achievement; (4) poor home environment; (5) poor self-image; and (6) teachers believing that the student might drop out. Taken together, these associations form a profile for disconnection. The PDOC is attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 25-28, 2000).