Identifier

etd-04102012-094620

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of the current project is to develop a universal screening instrument to detect the presence of relational aggression within schools. This research is important because relational aggression is a covert behavior that teachers cannot readily observe, and in order to inform treatment and develop interventions, assessment has to be possible. A screener should be quick, easy to administer, and accurate at finding kids at-risk for engaging in relationally aggressive behaviors or being victimized by these behaviors. To ensure adequate sensitivity and specificity of the screening instrument, both logistic regression and t-ROC curve analysis were employed. Furthermore, the screeners developed were compared to established questionnaires of relational aggression developed for other research by Crick and her colleagues. The screeners compared well to the established anchor measures, and were statistically adequate. The peer nominated screener and the teacher report screener together best identified student involvement in relational aggression.

Date

2012

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Gresham, Frank

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Psychology Commons

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