Proactive Parent Engagement in Public Schools: Using a Brief Strengths and Needs Assessment in a Multiple-Gating Risk Management Strategy

Kevin J. Moore, S. Andrew Garbacz, Jeff M. Gau, Thomas J. Dishion, Kimbree L. Brown, Elizabeth A. Stormshak, John R. Seeley

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Abstract

This study examined the viability of a brief, parent-reported strengths and needs assessment as the first step in a multiple-gating approach to proactive positive behavior support for families. The Positive Family Support–Strengths and Needs Assessment (PFS-SaNA) was designed to collaboratively engage parents early in the school year in a home–school coordinated Positive Family Support (PFS) system. In this study, we evaluated the reliability and validity of the PFS-SaNA in the context of public middle schools. Findings suggest that the 14-item, unidimensional PFS-SaNA shows convergent validity with teacher ratings of risk. It can be easily and cost-effectively used by school personnel when parents register their children for school at the beginning of each school year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-240
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • family engagement
  • multiple gating
  • positive behavior support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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