Screening of child behavior problems for prevention programs at school entry. The Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group.

Department of Psychology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27706, USA.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 4.85). 09/1995; 63(4):549-59. DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.63.4.549
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ABSTRACT Targeted programs designed to prevent conduct problems in childhood and adolescence rely on screening systems to identify high-risk individuals. This study examines the proximal usefulness of a multiple-gating approach to screening, using teacher and parent ratings in a 2-step procedure with a sample of 382 kindergarten children. The study explored differences in the accuracy of the 2 steps of screening information and whether parents' reports of parenting practices augments the prediction of negative outcomes. The 2-step screening system was found to effectively predict negative behavior outcomes over 1 year later, although some false-positive and false-negative predictions were evident. The Parenting Practices Screen did not substantially add to prediction accuracy. The discussion emphasizes the potential contributions and problems of using screening measures.