Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The popular parenting literature often has stressed the importance of establishing predictable routines in the lives of young children. In addition, routines as a part of parenting treatment packages have been shown to reduce child behavior problems, as well as disruptive meal and bedtime behavior. Establishing homework routines can lead to increased cooperation and work completion during homework as well as classroom preparedness. Furthermore, empirical literature suggests that the presence of routines is related to overall child health and adherence to medical regimens. Although promising new instruments have been developed to assess daily routines in preschool and school-aged children, none focus on daily routines in adolescent populations nor have they attempted to gain adolescent self- report data. As a result, the impact of routines on adolescent behavior and adjustment is not fully understood. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to develop psychometrically sound, parallel parent- and self-reports of commonly occurring routines in adolescents aged 12-17. Following item generation, item selection, and validation, final analyses resulted in a 33-item measure with a five factor solution (Daily Living, School & Discipline, Household, Extracurricular, and Social Routines). Initial reliability and validity estimates suggest good internal consistency and test-retest reliability, adequate inter-rater reliability, as well as moderate evidence of concurrent validity for both parent- and self-reports. Results suggest that the Adolescent Routines Questionnaire: Parent- and Self-Reports is a promising new assessment tool measuring adolescents’ daily routines.
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Meyer, Kara, "Development and validation of the adolescent routines questionnaire: parent and self-report" (2008). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 4052.
Mary Lou Kelley