Latent Structure of Scores From the Emotional and Behavioral Screener

Matthew C. Lambert, Stacy Ann A. January, Corey D. Pierce

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The Emotional and Behavioral Screener (EBS) is a recently developed teacher-reported brief screening instrument for identifying students who are at-risk of an emotional or behavioral disorder (EBD). Although prior research supports the technical adequacy of scores from the EBS, there is a gap in the literature regarding strong evidence of the factor structure underlying EBS scores. This study investigated the latent structure of scores from the EBS in a sample of 646 elementary students who were rated by their teachers in a 2-week screening period. Single-factor confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and bifactor models were used to test the hypothesis that EBS scores are a measure of both overall emotional and behavioral risk and students’ externalizing and internalizing behaviors. Results supported a bifactor structure, in that scores from the EBS can be considered to represent a general factor (i.e., risk of EBD) and two group factors (i.e., externalizing and internalizing domains). Findings have implications for interpreting scores when using the EBS as a universal screener for the risk of EBD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-260
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • behavior rating scale
  • emotional and behavioral screener
  • factor structure
  • prevention
  • universal screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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