ERIC Number: EJ923291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Identification of Preschool Children at Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Development and Validation of a Universal Screening System
Feeney-Kettler, Kelly A.; Kratochwill, Thomas R.; Kettler, Ryan J.
Journal of School Psychology, v49 n2 p197-216 Apr 2011
Three studies were designed to measure various indicators of the reliability and validity of the Preschool Behavior Screening System (PBSS) as a screening instrument for emotional and behavioral disorder risk status of children of preschool age. Study 1 and Study 2 served to establish evidence for content validity. Study 3 investigated one type of reliability evidence (i.e., internal consistency) and four types of validity evidence (i.e., internal structure validity, validity evidence based on external relations, concurrent validity, and cross-informant agreement).Teachers and parents of children (N = 113) enrolled in preschool and childcare programs completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the PBSS and the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-2). Cross-informant agreement between parent and teacher ratings on the PBSS was generally moderate, and internal consistency was high. PBSS Phase 1 and PBSS Phase 2 were correlated in the expected directions, and sensitivity and negative predictive value were high. Results suggest that the PBSS may yield psychometrically sound scores for helping states meet child-find requirements. Directions for future development of the PBSS are provided.
Descriptors: Content Validity, Behavior Disorders, Preschool Children, At Risk Students, Emotional Disturbances, Test Construction, Screening Tests, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Parents, Preschool Teachers, Psychometrics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children