Volume 16, Issue 3 (1987)
Multiperspective Assessment of Young Children's School Adjustment
Barbara J. McKim, Emory L. Cowan
ABSTRACT: The study’s main purpose was to assess relationships among five perspectives of children’s adjustment: teacher, parent, peer and self-ratings, and behavior observations.The sample included 462 urban and suburban 2nd and 3rd grade children, 59of whom had been referred for school mental health services. Secondary purposes were to examine relationships between adjustment and achievement measures and to compare urban vs. suburban, male vs. female, and referred vs. nonreferred children on adjustment measures. Low to moderate concordance was found among the five adjustment perspectives. The latter related consistently to achievement,also assessed from several perspectives. On most adjustment measures suburban children exceeded urban children, girls exceeded boys, and non referred children exceeded referred children.
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