ERIC Number: EJ1203206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Research and Practice: An Applied Examination of the Parental Perceptions of Developmental Outcomes Scale
Gagnon, Ryan J.; Garst, Barry A.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, v11 n1 p3-20 2019
To support practitioners' need for reliable and valid measures of the youth camp experience, this study compares the results of two analytic approaches--(1) composite-based paired samples t tests and (2) a latent structural equation model approach--using the Parental Perceptions of Developmental Outcomes (PPDO) scale in a sample of 930 parents of youth attending residential summer camps. Through a retrospective pretest (RPT) design, parents reported statistically significant growth across the five dimensions of the PPDO (responsibility, exploration, self-regulation, attitude, and communication) in both analytic approaches. The study results indicated similar effect sizes and conclusions were reached using both analytical approaches, suggesting a more practitioner-friendly approach (composite) may tell the same story as a more complex and research-oriented (latent) approach. This finding, as well as the revalidation of the PPDO in this sample, indicates the PPDO's usefulness in applied and research contexts.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Resident Camp Programs, Summer Programs, Comparative Analysis, Structural Equation Models, Statistical Analysis, Effect Size
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