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ERIC Number: EJ839485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1085-5300
Latent Growth Curve Modeling of Child Behavior in Elementary School
DiStefano, Christine; Kamphaus, R. W.
Research in the Schools, v15 n1 p27-37 Spr 2008
The current study investigated child behavioral change during the early years of elementary school. Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1992) teacher ratings of child behavior were collected over a three-year period. The sample consisted of 162 children measured yearly between first and third grade. Information from three behavioral constructs measured by the BASC (i.e., Adaptive Skills, Externalizing Problems, and Internalizing Problems) were studied with latent growth curve models to determine change in behavioral constructs over time. Overall, linear trajectories best described children's behavioral development, where all scales showed a decrease in the measured construct over time. Growth models showed differences in the rates of decline by composite and also by groups based on perceived levels of risk. For all groups, problematic behaviors decreased over time, but, so did the trajectory for adaptive skills behaviors. The information can assist teachers, school psychologists, and others concerned with the developmental nature of children's emotional and behavioral health. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children