The student risk screening scale for early childhood: An initial validation study

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Wendy Oakes, Holly Mariah Menzies, Rebecca Major, Laurie Allegra, Lisa Powers, Chris Schatschneider

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Abstract

We report findings of two exploratory validation studies of a revised instrument: the Student Risk Screening Scale for Early Childhood version (SRSS-EC). The SRSS-EC was modified to reflect characteristics of externalizing and internalizing behaviors manifested by preschool-age children. In Study 1, we explored the reliability of SRSS-IE (Student Risk Screening Scale-Internalizing and Externalizing) 14 scores by examining item-level data, internal consistency, and factor structure using exploratory factor analysis with 489 preschool-age students. Results supported retention of 11 items, resulting in the SRSSEC 11 (with SRSS-EC E7 externalizing subscale and SRSS-EC I4 internalizing subscale). Next, we established convergent validity of the SRSS-EC 11 with two well-established screening tools: the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and the Early Screening Project. In Study 2, we reported findings of a confirmatory factor analysis and a subsequent convergent validity study with 737 preschool-age students to determine generalizability. We offered limitations and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-249
Number of pages16
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Internalizing and externalizing behavior
  • Preschool
  • Systematic screening

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  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The student risk screening scale for early childhood : An initial validation study. / Lane, Kathleen Lynne; Oakes, Wendy; Menzies, Holly Mariah; Major, Rebecca; Allegra, Laurie; Powers, Lisa; Schatschneider, Chris.

In: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2015, p. 234-249.

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Lane, KL, Oakes, W, Menzies, HM, Major, R, Allegra, L, Powers, L & Schatschneider, C 2015, 'The student risk screening scale for early childhood: An initial validation study', Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 234-249. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121414544801
Lane, Kathleen Lynne ; Oakes, Wendy ; Menzies, Holly Mariah ; Major, Rebecca ; Allegra, Laurie ; Powers, Lisa ; Schatschneider, Chris. / The student risk screening scale for early childhood : An initial validation study. In: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 2015 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 234-249.
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