Factors affecting the reliability of clinical judgments about the function of children's school-refusal behavior.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Conducted two studies to examine the interrater reliability, test-retest stability, and the effect of various clinician variables, such as years of clinical experience, theoretical orientation, and prior experience with children, on clinical judgments about the reinforcement functions of children's school-refusal behavior. Results indicated that the judgments by individual clinicians were of questionable reliability. Judgments aggregated across 3 clinicians yielded acceptable interrater and test-retest reliability in Study 1, but a greater number of clinicians were necessary to achieve acceptable reliability in Study 2. Years of clinical experience and training were the only clinician variables related to the reliability of judgments about reinforcement functions. Several recommendations for the clinical assessment of the function of children's school-refusal behavior are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daleiden, EL; Chorpita, BF; Kollins, SH; Drabman, RS

Published Date

  • September 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 396 - 406

PubMed ID

  • 10446689

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0047-228X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/S15374424jccp280312


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States