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Validity of teacher nominations of child behavior problems

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The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of teachers' identification of problem children. Ninety-five third-grade children served as subjects. Teachers nominated children as a conduct problem, withdrawal problem, or normal, resulting in 16, 14, and 65 children being assigned to the three groups. Behavioral observations, peer sociometric ratings, and academic achievement scores were collected. The results indicated that conduct problem children differed from normal children on behavioral, sociometric, and academic measures, whereas withdrawn children differed from normals on the latter two measures. Conduct problem and withdrawal problem children did not differ on any of the dependent measures. The results suggest that teachers can identify children who are having difficulties in class but may be less accurate in differentiating between different types of problem children.

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Correspondence to Rex Forehand.

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This research was supported in part by NIMH grant MH-28859-01. Data reported in this article are part of a larger project assessing the social skills of children.

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Green, K.D., Beck, S.J., Forehand, R. et al. Validity of teacher nominations of child behavior problems. J Abnorm Child Psychol 8, 397–404 (1980).

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  • Conduct Problem
  • Academic Achievement
  • Child Behavior
  • Dependent Measure
  • Normal Child