Title page for ETD etd-04102012-094620

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Patty, Emily F.
Author's Email Address epatty1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04102012-094620
Title School-Wide Screening of Student Involvement in Relational Aggression
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gresham, Frank Committee Chair
Kelley, Mary Committee Member
Noell, George Committee Member
  • identification
  • peer victimization
  • relational aggression
  • universal screening
Date of Defense 2011-11-18
Availability unrestricted
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.
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