Screening of Child Behavior Problems for Prevention Programs at School Entry

John E. Lochman, Karen L. Bierman, John D. Coie, Kenneth A. Dodge, Mark T. Greenberg, Robert J. McMahon

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Abstract

Targeted programs designed to prevent conduct problems in childhood and adolescence rely on screening systems to identify high-risk individuals. This study examines the proximal usefulness of a multiple-gating approach to screening, using teacher and parent ratings in a 2-step procedure with a sample of 382 kindergarten children. The study explored differences in the accuracy of the 2 steps of screening information and whether parents' reports of parenting practices augments the prediction of negative outcomes. The 2-step screening system was found to effectively predict negative behavior outcomes over 1 year later, although some false-positive and false-negative predictions were evident. The Parenting Practices Screen did not substantially add to prediction accuracy. The discussion emphasizes the potential contributions and problems of using screening measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-559
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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