Title page for ETD etd-11062008-130552

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Meyer, Kara
URN etd-11062008-130552
Title Development and Validation of the Adolescent Routines Questionnaire: Parent and Self-Report
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mary Lou Kelley Committee Chair
Frank Gresham Committee Member
George Noell Committee Member
Wm. Drew Gouvier Committee Member
Janna Oetting Dean's Representative
  • routines
  • adolescents
  • rating scale
Date of Defense 2008-10-28
Availability unrestricted
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 adolescentsí daily routines.
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