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Table 5 Concurrent validity: correlations between professionals’ and adolescents’ ratings of self-sufficiency and related constructs

From: Psychometric properties of self-sufficiency assessment tools in adolescents in vocational education

Self-sufficiency Related constructs Correlation  
   With professionals’ self-sufficiency rating (n = 224) With adolescents’ self-sufficiency rating (n = 581)
Total self-sufficiency score Mental health-related quality of life (SF-12)a 0.21b 0.46b
  Physical health-related quality of life (SF-12)a 0.12b,f 0.28b
Finances Debts −0.66c −0.74c
Day-time activities Not-permitted school absenteeism −0.26d −0.17d
  Permitted school absenteeism 0.01d,f −0.11d
Housing Homelessness −0.41e,f −0.39e
Mental health Mental health status (MHI-5)g 0.30d 0.60d
  Depressive symptoms (CES-D) −0.33c −0.59d
  Mental health-related quality of life (SF-12)a 0.29d 0.54d
Physical health Physical health-related quality of life (SF-12)a 0.10d,f 0.33d
  Permitted school absenteeism −0.08d,f −0.13d
Addiction Alcoholic drinks: 5 or more on 1 occasion −0.30c −0.39c
  Alcohol: drunk or tipsy −0.41c −0.53c
  Soft drug use −0.53c −0.53c
Community participation Not-permitted school absenteeism −0.20d 0.03d,f
  Permitted school absenteeism −0.11d,f −0.04d,f
Judicial Delinquency −0.41c −0.58c
  1. aA higher score indicates a better quality of life
  2. bPearson correlation
  3. cPolychoric correlation
  4. dPolyserial correlation
  5. eRank biseral correlation
  6. fNon-significant correlations; all other correlations were significant at p <0.05
  7. gA higher score indicates less mental health problems