Drs. Jaberg, Dixon and Weis Publish Journal Article
Dr. Jaberg, along with Dr. Dixon (MSU) and Dr. Weis published their article, entitled "Replication Evidence in Support of the Psychometric Properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment" in the June 2009 issue of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology. The article assessed the internal reliability and reliability of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA). The DECA was originally developed to measure preschool children's resilience and risk factors. Dr. Jaberg and co-authors used data gathered in 2007 for the Mayor's Commission for Children of Springfield, Missouri to assess kindergarten readiness. Children were assessed by their parents and their kindergarten teachers on multiple factors, including initiative, self-control, attachment, and behavior concerns. Using factor analysis, they found that based on internal consistency, validity evidence, consistency with previous data collected, and statistical support of subscales, the DECA is appropriate for use with its suggested population (preschool children) and for its reported usage (measuring resilience and social and emotional performance).