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ERIC Number: EJ804321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Ecological Validity of the Conners' Continuous Performance Test II in a School-Based Sample
Weis, Robert; Totten, Sara J.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v22 n1 p47-61 2004
The ecological validity of the Conners' Continuous Performance Test II (CPT-II) was examined using a sample of 206 first- and second-grade children. Children's CPT-II scores were correlated with observations of inattentive/hyperactive behavior during CPT-II administration, observations of children's behavior during analogue academic task, classroom observations, and parent/teacher reports. CPT-II scores showed moderate correlations with test session behavior but low correlations with external measures of inattention/hyperactivity. On the other hand, test session observations, analogue task observations, classroom observations, and teacher reports showed moderate and significant intercorrelations. Furthermore, test session observations predicted a significant amount of variance in children's classroom behavior above and beyond CPT-II scores alone. Results suggest that psychologists should supplement CPT-II scores with observational data to estimate children's functioning outside the test setting. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Conners Rating Scales; Continuous Performance Test; Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test; Behavior Assessment System for Children