ERIC Number: EJ1054205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Item-Based Psychometrics of the Preschool Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale
Cress, Cynthia J.; Lambert, Matthew C.; Epstein, Michael H.
Journal of Early Intervention, v36 n3 p212-222 Sep 2014
The Preschool Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (PreBERS) is an assessment of emotional and behavioral strengths in preschoolers with well-established reliability and validity for educational and clinical application in children with and without disabilities. The present study provides further evidence of psychometric rigor for items and subscales within the PreBERS, including internal consistency, reliability, item quality, and factorial validity. A national sample of 1,292 preschool children whose teachers scored the PreBERS were analyzed using classical test theory, Rasch modeling, and confirmatory factor analysis. Results confirmed that individual items were internally consistent within a four-factor model, and showed consistent item difficulty, discrimination, and fit relative to their respective subscale scores. This analysis provides further confidence for the use of the PreBERS by teachers to determine emotional and behavioral strengths in preschool children.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Rating Scales, Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Disabilities, Psychometrics, Test Items, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Preschool Teachers, Factor Analysis, Test Theory, Student Characteristics, Self Control, School Readiness, Self Esteem, Family Involvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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