Self-Ratings (Universal SampleóGrades 1-3)
The Self-Rating Interview consists of questions assessing
children's perceptions of loneliness at school and overall school
liking. The instrument originally included 8 yes/no items drawn
from a measure used by Asher and his colleagues to assess loneliness,
and a measure used by Ladd & Price to assess children's school
liking (see full report for citations).
It was subsequently expanded to 12 items and, later, a four-point
Likert-type response scale.
Three scales can be derived from these self-ratings questions.
A summated scale of all component items should be suitable for more
general research questions. Two subscales, measuring general school
liking and peer relationships, may be more appropriate when a more
differentiated view of children's opinions about school is required.
It should be noted, however, that these variables are severely skewed
in first and second grade, with most children reporting no problems.
Analysts interested in using these variables at first and second
grade may want to consider categorizing them in some way.
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05 May 2000