In: Psychological Medicine 1980: 10:265-276
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A. MacMillan, I. Kolvin, R.F. Garside, A.R. Nicol and I.M. Leitch, "A multiple criterion screen for identifying secondary school children with psychiatric disorder: Characteristics and efficiency of screen,". Psychological Medicine, Volume 10, pp. 265-276, ( © Cambridge University Press 1980).
A multiple criterion screen was developed as part of a study which was designed to assess different types of intervention for school children with psychiatric disorder. The foremost requirement was that false positives be kept to a minimum, with selected children being unequivocally disturbed. Children were identified for treatment by the following measures: (a) teacher rating on the Rutter B2 Scale, giving a total score and subscores for neurotic and antisocial behaviour; (b) peer ratings on a sociometric measure, yielding isolation and rejection scores; and © self ratings on the Junior Eyseneck Personality Inventory, specifically the neuroticism dimension. A weighting system was developed so that children could be selected on the basis of extreme scores on either teacher or self-rating measures alone, or by a combination of less extreme scores on more than one meatier. The results are presented and discussed.