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Psychol Assess. 2014 Sep;26(3):806-814. doi: 10.1037/a0036277. Epub 2014 Apr 7.

Evidence of convergent and discriminant validity of the Student School Engagement Measure.

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1
Child, Family, and School Psychology, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.
2
Research and Methodological Studies, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.
3
Jefferson County School District.
4
Denver Public Schools.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the convergent and discriminant validity of the Student School Engagement Measure (SSEM) with 3 other measures of student well-being: (a) the School Engagement Scale, (b) the Student Engagement Instrument, and (c) the Student Life Satisfaction Survey. The data were analyzed from 370 8th-grade students from 3 middle schools in an urban school district. As hypothesized, strong and significant positive correlations (.80) were found between the SSEM and the 2 measures of engagement (the School Engagement Measure and the Student Engagement Instrument). Also as hypothesized, a weak but significant positive correlation (.35) was found between the SSEM and a measure of life satisfaction (the Student Life Satisfaction Survey). These findings provide additional support for using the SSEM as a valid measure of adolescents' engagement with school.

PMID:
24708075
DOI:
10.1037/a0036277
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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