What Do You Think
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The What Do You Think stories (WYT) were first administered
in Year 5. To date, the instrument has been administered to cohorts
1 and 2 in year 5, and cohort 1 in year 6.
The interviewer reads a series of six stories to the respondent
and follows each story with a series of questions. The first three
stories involve a problematic peer situation. The last three stories
depict problematic situations involving an interaction with an adult
Each question (except the free response) are coded on a five point
scale (1=yes, definitely; 2= yes, probably; 3=maybe yes, maybe no;
4= no, probably; 5=no, definitely not). As part of the computation
process, the scale points are reversed for all scores such that
higher scores indicate more anger, sadness, hostile attributions,
Initially, 21 scores are created. The scores represent the answers
to each question collapsed across the six stories. In addition,
for the free responses, scores are created indexing the proportion
of answers scored into each or the 8 categories. Scores were computed
for all subjects with data from 3 or more stories.
Five second order scores are created by combining two or more of
the first order scores. The second order scores were computed for
the subjects having valid scores for both of the first order variables:
The five second order variables are appropriate for most analyses
(assuming the hostile/benign dimension is acceptable). Although
the higher order variables are not more reliable than the first
order measures, the first order variables my suffer more from floor
and ceiling effects. Only two of the proportion scores have acceptable
psychometric properties (aggression and assertive/competent). The
other response categories appeared very infrequently.
Note that all variables are collapsed across peer and adult situations.
Exploratory analyses indicated that this was an acceptable approach
that did not dramatically alter the psychometric properties of the
variables. However, additional scores my be computed using only
the adult, or only the peer stories.
Keywords: Peer Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Aggression,
Self Control, Social Skills, Teacher Authority, Punishment, Attribution,
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19 November 2002