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Gordon Wolf, Melissa; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Dowdy, Erin; Furlong, Michael – Grantee Submission, 2019
This paper presents a framework for choosing between 4-and 6-point response options for use with online surveys. Using data that have both 4- and 6-point Likert-type items, we compare correlations, fit of factor analytic models, and several different reliability estimates as a way of identifying if there is empirical support for choosing a…
Descriptors: Likert Scales, Item Response Theory, Test Items, Goodness of Fit
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Wroblewski, Althea P.; Dowdy, Erin; Sharkey, Jill D.; Kyung Kim, Eui – Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2019
The present study examined whether high school students' (N = 1,658) self-reported social-emotional strengths collected at the beginning of the school year via schoolwide screening could predict student membership in one of three truancy categories (low, moderate, and high to chronic truancy) using discriminant analysis. Results indicated that…
Descriptors: High School Students, Emotional Response, Interpersonal Competence, Truancy
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Moore, Stephanie A.; Dowdy, Erin; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Furlong, Michael J. – Grantee Submission, 2019
Using latent profile analysis (LPA), this study empirically identified dual-factor mental health subtypes, with a goal of examining structural stability of emerging latent classes over three high school years. Profiles' relations with distal indicators of well-being, psychosocial distress, and self-reported grades were examined to explore the…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Classification, Adolescents, High School Students
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Carnazzo, Katherine; Dowdy, Erin; Furlong, Michael J.; Quirk, Matthew P. – Psychology in the Schools, 2019
Students with learning disabilities (LD) represent a vulnerable population and are at higher risk for social and emotional challenges compared to their peers without LD. A strengths-based orientation is recommended to encourage building resilience factors to counteract the negative effects of LD over the lifespan. To identify areas of strength and…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Kim, Eui Kyung; Furlong, Michael J.; Dowdy, Erin – Grantee Submission, 2019
Contemporary models emphasize linkages between malleable positive psychological orientations and enhanced quality of life. As such, it is important to consider if these positive orientations provide unique explanatory power beyond the long-established relations between quality of life and within-person, less malleable personality traits. This…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Personality Traits, Life Satisfaction, High School Students