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Doctoral Thesis

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Psychology, Psychometrics.



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The primary purpose of this paper was to investigate the predictive validity of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (K-ABC; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1983a) for preschoolers at risk for academic failure due to early language and/or behaviour control deficits. The study was designed as a five-year follow-up of Ricciardi's (1987) research which examined the effects of impaired language skills on preschool children's performance on the K-ABC. Thirty-nine children, ages 7 to 11 years, participated in the present study. Group assignment at baseline (Comparison, Behaviour Problem, Language Impaired) was maintained. Each child completed the K-ABC, Peabody Individual Achievement Test - Revised (PIAT-R; Markwardt, 1989), Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test - Revised (PPVT-R; Dunn & Dunn, 1981), and the Test for Auditory Comprehension of Language - Revised (TACL-R; Carrow-Woolfolk, 1985). Parents completed the Personality Inventory for Children - Revised (PIC-R; Lachar, 1982) and an academic history questionnaire. The results provided support for the predictive validity of the K-ABC for the total sample, with correlations between the baseline and follow-up global scale scores ranging from.70 to.84 $(p$ Sequential Processing $>$ Achievement and Mental Processing Composite $>$ Achievement. The implications of the results for the assessment of exceptional children are reviewed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .W555. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 54-05, Section: B, page: 2806. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.