International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 3 (2015), No. 3, Pages 16-25

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v3i3p16

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Social and Behavioral Problems in an Urban At-Risk Preschool Population

Nathan Missen1  Stephen Bagnato2  Daniel S. Wells1  Laura M. Crothers1  Ara J. Schmitt1  Jered B. Kolbert1 

1Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


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Early identification of children who display elevated rates of interpersonal and behavioral problems is vital for the initiation of early intervention services. Teaching students social-emotional skills is an important goal of preschool programs, including Head Start programs, across the United States. In order to better understand the rates of interpersonal and behavioral delays demonstrated by preschool students participating in an urban Head Start program, as well as any demographic-based risk factors that may predict these problems, 1,399 (86% Black/African American) students were administered the Preschool and Kindergarten Behaviors Scales – 2nd edition (PKBS-2). Results indicate that gender is significantly associated with both social and behavioral challenges. Specifically, in comparison to girls, boys tend to be less socially adept and more likely to display troublesome behaviors. Suggestions for future research, such as longitudinal studies, are included.

Keywords: preschool, urban, social skills, behavior, gender, Head Start

To Cite this Article: Missen, N., Bagnato, S., Wells, D. S., Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., & Kolbert, J. B. (2015). Social and behavioral problems in an urban at-risk preschool population. International Education Research, 3(3), 16-25.

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Social and Behavioral Problems in an Urban At-Risk Preschool Population