Using SWPBS Expectations as a Screening Tool to Predict Behavioral Risk in Middle School Academic Article uri icon


  • School-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) focuses on promoting social competence through the establishment of behavior expectations that are explicitly taught and reinforced by all teachers across all settings. This study investigated the validity of using adherence to SWPBS behavior expectations as a screening tool for predicting behavior risk status. A total of 961 students at a middle school serving Grades 6 through 8 were screened using the schools SWPBS expectations and a standardized norm-referenced emotional and behavioral screener. Results revealed strong associations between the extent of students adherence to SWPBS expectations and the adaptive, externalizing, and school problem constructs derived from the norm-referenced screener items; associations with the norm-referenced screeners internalizing construct were weaker. Classification analyses yielded mixed results despite the comparability between the results of the SWPBS expectations procedure and the standardized norm-referenced screener.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Burke, M. D., Davis, J. L., Hagan-Burke, S., Lee, Y., & Fogarty, M. S.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Burke, Mack D||Davis, John L||Hagan-Burke, Shanna||Lee, Yuan-Hsuan||Fogarty, Melissa Shea

publication date

  • January 2014