Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Specialization

School Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Gary Stoner

Abstract

School connectedness has emerged as an important construct for the study of promoting resilience in youth in school settings. Potentially, the ability to identify youth before the onset of a disorder can be very beneficial, but there is much to consider in terms of the technical adequacy of a connections screening. A major concern pertains to whether such a screening can reliably and accurately identify students as at risk of academic failure or social and emotional difficulties. Findings suggest that self-reported peer connections on the School Connections Survey are significantly correlated with the Peer Relationship Problems subscale on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. However, the School Connections Survey identified students as at-risk at a higher rate than the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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