Cross-validation of the behavioral and emotional rating scale-2 youth version: an exploration of strength-based latent traits

Furlong, Michael J., Sharkey, Jill D., Boman, Peter, and Caldwell, Roslyn (2007) Cross-validation of the behavioral and emotional rating scale-2 youth version: an exploration of strength-based latent traits. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16 (5). pp. 696-711.

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Abstract

High-quality measurement is a necessary requirement to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of programs that use strength-based principles and strategies. Using independent cross-validation samples, we report two studies that explored the construct validity of the BERS-2 Youth Report, a popular measure designed to assess youth strengths, whose conceptual structure has not yet been examined. In Study 1, an exploratory factor analysis found a four-factor solution with conceptual support, which included both internal assets associated with (a) the management of emotions and positive social interaction skills and (b) engagement in the important social contexts of family and school. In Study 2, confirmatory factor analyses found reasonable model fit for the BERS-2 five-factor structure and superior model fit for the more parsimonious four-factor solution found in Study 1. In future studies, parallel reporting of the four-factor model may provide additional insight to the nature and structure of the BERS-2 Youth Version’s clinical validity and utility when compared with the five-factor model, thus potentially contributing to a broader objective to develop a better understanding of important strength-based latent traits.

Item ID: 2838
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-2843
Keywords: strengths; assessment; rating scales; test validity; youth self-report
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 05:49
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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