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27-04-2018

Advancing the Multi-Informant Assessment of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Child Self-Report in Relation to Parent and Teacher Ratings of SCT and Impairment

Auteurs: Belén Sáez, Mateu Servera, G. Leonard Burns, Stephen P. Becker

Gepubliceerd in: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology | Uitgave 1/2019

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Abstract

Despite increasing interest in sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in children and advancements in its measurement, little research has examined child self-reported SCT. Child self-report of SCT is important for the multi-informant assessment of SCT. The current study used a large, school-based sample of children and a multi-informant design to examine child self-reported SCT using the Child Concentration Inventory – Version 2 (CCI-2) which was recently revised based on meta-analytic findings and parallels the item content of validated parent and teacher rating scales. The study involved 2142 unique children (ages 8–13 years, 50.51% males). Children (n = 1980) completed measures of SCT, loneliness, and preference for solitude. Mothers (n = 1648), fathers (n = 1358), and teachers (n = 1773) completed measures of SCT, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-IN (ADHD-IN), academic impairment, social impairment, and conflicted shyness. Children’s self-reported SCT demonstrated good reliability with the 15 SCT symptoms showing moderate to strong loadings on the SCT factor. The child self-report SCT factor also showed moderate convergent validity with mother, father, and teacher ratings of children’s SCT. In addition, higher child-reported SCT predicted greater mother, father, and teacher ratings of children’s academic impairment even after controlling for mother, father, and teacher ratings of children’s SCT and ADHD-IN. Higher child-rated SCT also predicted greater mother ratings of children’s social impairment after controlling for mother ratings of children’s SCT and ADHD-IN. The present study provides initial empirical support for the reliability and validity of child-reported SCT as part of the multi-informant assessment of SCT. A key direction for future research includes evaluating the unique contributions of different informants and their utility within specific contexts to guide evidence-based recommendations for assessing SCT.
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We also repeated the three structural regression analyses controlling for parent-report of ADHD and LD status. All the significant and non-significant results for the structural regression analyses remained the same after also controlling for ADHD and LD status as reported by parents.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Advancing the Multi-Informant Assessment of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Child Self-Report in Relation to Parent and Teacher Ratings of SCT and Impairment
Auteurs
Belén Sáez
Mateu Servera
G. Leonard Burns
Stephen P. Becker
Publicatiedatum
27-04-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology / Uitgave 1/2019
Print ISSN: 2730-7166
Elektronisch ISSN: 2730-7174
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-018-0436-4

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