ERIC Number: EJ883405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
A Tobit Regression Analysis of the Covariation between Middle School Students' Perceived School Climate and Behavioral Problems
Wang, Ming-Te; Selman, Robert L.; Dishion, Thomas J.; Stormshak, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n2 p274-286 Jun 2010
This study uses an ecological framework to examine how adolescents' perceptions of school climate in 6th grade covary with the probability and frequency of their engagement in problem behaviors in 7th and 8th grades. Tobit analysis was used to address the issue of having a highly skewed outcome variable with many zeros and yet account for censoring. The 677 participating students from 8 schools were followed from 6th through 8th grade. The proportions of students reporting a positive school climate perception decreased over the middle school years for both genders, while the level of problem behavior engagement increased. The findings suggested that students who perceived higher levels of school discipline and order or more positive student-teacher relationships were associated with lower probability and frequency of subsequent behavioral problems.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Discipline, Regression (Statistics), Probability, Student Attitudes, Adolescents, Educational Environment, Behavior Problems, Teacher Student Relationship
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Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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