The Student Risk Screening Scale: A Reliability and Validity Generalization Meta-Analysis

Stephen P. Kilgus, Katie R Eklund, Daniel M. Maggin, Crystal N. Taylor, Amanda N. Allen

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The purpose of this study was to conduct reliability and validity generalization meta-analyses of evidence regarding the Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS), a universal screener for externalizing behavior problems. A systematic review of the literature resulted in the identification of 17 studies inclusive of evidence regarding SRSS score (a) internal consistency reliability (i.e., alpha coefficients), and/or (b) criterion-related validity (e.g., correlations between the SRSS and various outcomes). Multilevel meta-analyses indicated that across studies, SRSS scores were associated with adequate internal consistency (α =.83). Analyses further suggested the SRSS was a valid indicator of both social and behavioral outcomes (r =.52) and academic outcomes (r =.42). Follow-up analyses suggested that in accordance with theory-driven expectations, the SRSS was a stronger indicator of externalizing problems and broad behavior outcomes relative to alternative outcomes (e.g., internalizing problems). Limitations and directions for future research are discussed, including recommendations for the collection of additional SRSS diagnostic accuracy evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-155
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • at-risk populations
  • behavior(s)
  • behavioral assessment
  • externalizing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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