Teacher’s Check List

Abstract: The Teacher's Check List is a six-item scale that assesses teachers' perceptions of children's aggressive behavior. This measure is derived from a 12-item instrument developed by Dodge and Coie (1987). Each item contains a statement describing a child's aggression-related behavior. The teacher selects the response that evaluates how well the statement applies to the child. Response choices include: "Never True" (0), "Rarely True" (1), "Sometimes True" (2), "Usually True" (3), and "Almost Always True" (4). A previous study (1995) identified two subscales of three items each: the Reactive Aggression Subscale (containing items 1, 2, and 3) and the Proactive Aggression subscale (containing items 4, 5, and 6). Subscale scores are the mean of item responses in each subscale. T-tests of means for both subscales on the Teacher's Check List show significant differences between the normative and control groups. Also, note the high correlations between the two subscales. The Proactive Aggression subscale is slightly positively skewed for the normative group. The Proactive Aggression subscale also has a floor effect. For the normative sample, 57% of the Proactive Aggression subscores are zero. (On the Reactive Aggression scale for the normative sample, 29% of subscores are zero.) For the control sample, 30% of the Proactive Aggression subscores are zero. Analysts considering use of this measure should keep in mind that each subscale includes only a small number of items.

Who Completed this Measure?: Teacher

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: TyB

Scored Dataset Name: TCLySTc

Aggressive Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Emotional Response, Physical Aggression

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

SITECODE Actual Code Number on Form
TCID Study ID Number
YEAR Year of Participation
TEACH Teacher ID Number
INTID Interviewer ID Number
SITE Study Site
T2BSCHL School ID Number
t2bcl1 When this child has been teased or threatened, he or she gets angry easily and strikes back.
t2bcl2 This child always claims that other children are to blame in a fight and feels that they started the trouble.
t2bcl3 When a peer accidentally hurts this child (such as by bumping into him or her), this child assumes that the peer meant to do it, and then overreacts with anger/fighting.
t2bcl4 This child gets other kids to gang up on a peer that he or she does not like.
t2bcl5 This child uses physical force (or threatens to use force) in order to dominate other kids.
t2bcl6 This child threatens or bullies others in order to get his or her own way.
TCL2TOT Total of all - TCL - Year 2
TCL2PAGG Proactive aggression - TCL - Year 2
TCL2RAGG Reactive Aggression - TCL - Year 2