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Etherson, Marianne E.; Smith, Martin M.; Hill, Andrew P.; Flett, Gordon L. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
Are feelings of not mattering an antecedent of depressive symptoms, a consequence, or both? Most investigations focus exclusively on feelings of not mattering as an antecedent of depressive symptoms. Our current study examines a vulnerability model, a complication model, and a reciprocal relations model according to a cross-lagged panel model…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Adults, Psychological Patterns
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Krygsman, Amanda; Farrell, Ann H.; Brittain, Heather; Vaillancourt, Tracy – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
We examined the dynamic interplay of depression symptoms, mattering (i.e., self-evaluation of importance or significance to others), and anti-mattering across four years of development in young adulthood (age 20-23; N = 452) using a cross-lagged panel model (CLPM). Support for a transactional model between anti-mattering and depression symptoms…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Value Judgment, Young Adults
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Watson, Joshua C.; Prosek, Elizabeth A.; Giordano, Amanda L. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
This study aimed to explore the effects of mattering, social media addiction, online activity, school connectedness, age, and gender on anxiety/depressive symptomatology among U.S. adolescents. A nationally representative Qualtrics panel sample consisting of 441 adolescents (M[subscript age] = 17.3; SD[subscript age] = 1.67) participated in this…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Stress Variables, Age Differences, Gender Differences
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Giangrasso, Barbara; Casale, Silvia; Fioravanti, Giulia; Flett, Gordon L.; Nepon, Taryn – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
The current study focused primarily on the associations that feelings of not mattering have with life satisfaction, stress, and distress among students trying to cope with the uncertain and novel circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. A sample of 350 University students from Italy completed measures that included the General…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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Pychyl, Timothy A.; Flett, Gordon L.; Long, Mallory; Carreiro, Elizabeth; Azil, Rafik – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
We summarize qualitative research conducted on the mattering construct and then describe a qualitative investigation focused on mattering as a key aspect of the relational factors which influence the learning and development of students. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 professors recognized for their teaching excellence.…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Psychological Patterns, Educational Practices
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Flett, Gordon L.; Nepon, Taryn; Goldberg, Joel O.; Rose, Alison L.; Atkey, Sarah K.; Zaki-Azat, Justeena – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
Previous work has focused on positive feelings of mattering, which pertain to the human need to feel significant. In the current article, we examine a complementary yet distinct construct involving feelings of not mattering that may arise from being marginalized and experiences that heighten a sense of being insignificant to others. We also…
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Test Construction, Well Being, Test Validity
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Somers, Cheryl L.; Gill-Scalcucci, Stefanie; Flett, Gordon L.; Nepon, Taryn – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
The current study examined the feasibility of adapting an existing measure to create a brief mattering measure suitable for use with adolescents. We then evaluated this brief measure by testing the hypothesis that mattering in adolescents is associated broadly with positive achievement outcomes and associated motivational orientations and…
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Adolescents, Learning Motivation, Academic Achievement
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Vaillancourt, Tracy; Brittain, Heather; Krygsman, Amanda; Farrell, Ann H.; Pepler, Debra; Landon, Sally; Saint-Georges, Zacharie; Vitoroulis, Irene – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
We examined students' perceptions of mattering during the pandemic in relation to in-person versus online learning in a sample of 6578 Canadian students in Grades 4-12. We found that elementary school students who attended school in-person reported mattering the most, followed by secondary school students who learned part-time in-person and the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Electronic Learning, Elementary School Students
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Flett, Gordon L. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
While the importance of having self-esteem is widely recognized and has been studied extensively, another core component of the self-concept has been relatively neglected--a sense of mattering to other people. In the current article, it is argued that mattering is an entirely unique and complex psychological construct with great public appeal and…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Affective Measures, Self Concept, Individual Characteristics
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Kilmen, Sevilay – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
The present study has two main purposes. The first is to create a short form of the BTPS and to evaluate the psychometric properties of the short form. The second is to evaluate the performance of the ant colony optimization procedure and discuss the applicability of the ant colony optimization procedure in creating a short form. Results revealed…
Descriptors: Personality Measures, Test Length, Psychometrics, Undergraduate Students
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Weeks, Sean N.; Renshaw, Tyler L.; Roberson, Anthony J. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
We evaluated the usefulness of scores from two transdiagnostic scales--the 8-item version of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth and the second edition of the Avoidance and Action Questionnaire--for estimating symptom severity on two measures of depression and anxiety. Responses from 797 college students, who mostly identified as…
Descriptors: Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Severity (of Disability), Depression (Psychology), Anxiety
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Orhan, Ali – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
The aims of this reliability generalization study were to provide the overall alpha values of the California critical thinking disposition inventory (CCTDI) total score and subscales scores and investigate the characteristics of the studies that may be associated with the variability in the reliability values of the CCTDI total score and subscales…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Measures (Individuals), Test Reliability, Generalization
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Pittman, Sarah K.; Valois, Robert F.; Farrell, Albert D. – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
Although life satisfaction has been associated with maladjustment and adverse experiences among adolescents, few validated measures of life satisfaction have been evaluated for use with diverse populations. The Brief Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS) is a promising measure that has been validated in samples of White and…
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Measures (Individuals), Early Adolescents, Rural Population
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Chen, Mo; Nah, Yong-Hwee; Waschl, Nicolette; Poon, Kenneth; Chen, Ping – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
Culturally bounded in nature, adaptive behavior is the degree to which a person meets the requirements of personal independence and social responsibilities. This study aimed to develop a computerized adaptive test (CAT) of a culturally appropriate adaptive behavior measure (i.e., the Activities and Participation Rating Scale [APRS]) in the…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Cultural Relevance, Test Construction, Test Items
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Ilhan, Mustafa; Tasdelen Teker, Gülsen; Güler, Nese; Ergenekon, Ömer – Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 2022
Today, emoji have become a popular option for anchoring the categories of Likert-type scales applied to not only adults but also children. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of category labeling with emoji by comparing the psychometric properties of the emoji- and verbal-anchored versions of the mathematics motivation scale…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Visual Aids, Classification
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