Initial evidence for the reliability and validity of the student risk screening scale for internalizing and externalizing behaviors at the middle school level

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Wendy Oakes, Erik W. Carter, Warren E. Lambert, Abbie B. Jenkins

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Abstract

We reported findings of an exploratory validation study of a revised universal screening instrument: the Student Risk Screening Scale-Internalizing and Externalizing (SRSS-IE) for use with middle school students. Tested initially for use with elementary-age students, the SRSS-IE was adapted to include seven additional items reflecting characteristics of internalizing behaviors. The initial seven items developed by Drummond (1994) were retained, yielding a modified instrument containing 14 items (SRSS-IE14) rated by teachers on the original 4-point, Likert-type scale. First, we examined reliability of SRSSIE14 scores by analyzing item-level data, internal consistency estimates, and factor structure with a sample of 937 middle school students. Results of a data analytic plan grounded in Classical Test Theory supported retention of five of the new seven items, producing the SRSS-IE12. Second, we established convergent validity of the SRSS-IE12 with the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997), a validated screening tool. We offered recommendations for addressing the limitations of this study in future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-38
Number of pages15
JournalAssessment for Effective Intervention
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Internalizing and externalizing behavior
  • Systematic screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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