ERIC Number: EJ785932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Systematic Screening at the Middle School Level: Score Reliability and Validity of the Student Risk Screening Scale
Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Parks, Robin J.; Kalberg, Jemma Robertson; Carter, Erik W.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v15 n4 p209-222 Win 2007
This article presents findings of two studies, one conducted with middle school students (n = 500) in a rural setting and a second conducted with middle school students (n = 528) in an urban setting, of the reliability and validity of the "Student Risk Screening Scale" (SRSS; Drummond, 1994). Results revealed high internal consistency, test-retest stability, and convergent validity with the "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" (Goodman, 1997). In addition, short-term predictive validity was established; namely, students with risk statuses of low (n = 422), moderate (n = 51), and high (n = 12) according to the SRSS could best be differentiated by behavioral variables (e.g., ODR, in-school suspensions). Although academic variables could differentiate between students with moderate or high risks and students without (low) risk, these variables did not differentiate between students in the moderate-risk group and students in the high-risk group as did the behavioral variables. Limitations and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Predictive Validity, Measures (Individuals), Scores, High Risk Students, Screening Tests, Validity, Rural Areas, Urban Areas, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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