Concordance Among Physical Educators', Teachers', and Parents' Perceptions of Attention Problems in Children

Maria Efstratopoulou, Johan Simons, Rianne Janssen

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Abstract

Objective: The study examined the concordance among rating sources on attention problems of elementary school-aged children. Method: A randomly selected sample (N = 841) of children was rated by the physical educators, the teachers, and the parents, using the Attention Scales of the Motor Behavior Checklist (MBC), the Teacher Report Form, the Child Behavior Checklist, and the ADHD-Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-RS-IV). Results: Convergent validity of the Lack of Attention Scale of the MBC with the corresponding subscales was supported. Correlations were higher between teachers' ratings and between physical educators' and teachers' ratings than between physical educators' and parents' ratings or between teachers' and parents' ratings. Conclusion: Findings underscore the importance of taking the child's settings and observer influences into account and suggest that MBC is a new promising instrument for screening attention problems in school settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • behavioral problems
  • children
  • convergent validity
  • inattention
  • physical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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