Martin to lead upcoming methodology presentation

Meredith Martin
Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology, will lead the first presentation in the 2017 Methodology Applications Series on Friday, April 14. The series is sponsored by the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics (MAP Academy).

This presentation is free, open to the public, and requires no registration.

The first half of this presentation will outline strategies for successfully developing, implementing, and tailoring observational coding systems to child and adolescent behaviors in social interaction across relationships (e.g., parent-child, family triadic, peers) and in various assessment contexts (e.g., discussions, quasi-experimental tasks, free-play).

The second half of the presentation will introduce a novel approach to observational coding designed to yield continuous scores reflecting the degree to which children exemplify distinct, functional profiles of behavior. Observational methodology is uniquely suited to capturing behaviors that may have different meanings/serve different functions depending on an individual’s proximate context and the temporal unfolding of behavior. Several examples of profile-based coding systems developed to assess children’s responses to interpersonal threat (i.e., aggression, rejection, hostility) will be presented to illustrate this technique.

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