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ERIC Number: ED012536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED IN TEXAS. PROGRESS REPORT FOR 1965-1966.
LINKOUS, L.W.
DURING THE 1965-66 SCHOOL YEAR, 20 CLASSES FOR THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED (IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS, AND HOSPITALS) ENROLLED 253 CHILDREN IN THIS PILOT PROGRAM. EVIDENCE OF NEUROLOGICAL DYSFUNCTION WAS FOUND IN 37 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS. PSYCHIATRISTS CATEGORIZED THE STUDENTS AS HAVING TRANSIENT SITUATIONAL PERSONALITY DISORDERS (35 PERCENT), HAVING PERSONALITY DISORDERS (28 PERCENT), HAVING BRAIN DISORDERS (9 PERCENT), PSYCHOTIC (12 PERCENT), AND NEUROTIC (16 PERCENT). THE FISH AND SHAPIRO TYPOLOGY SHOWED GROSSLY UNINTEGRATED FUNCTIONING (15 PERCENT), IMMATURE, POORLY INTEGRATED FUNCTIONING (27 PERCENT), ORGANIZED BEHAVIOR WITH DEGREES OF ANXIETY AND INADEQUACY (46 PERCENT), AND ORGANIZED BUT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR (12 PERCENT). THE WECHSLER INTELLIGENCE SCALE FOR CHILDREN YIELDED AN AVERAGE PERFORMANCE SCORE OF 96 AND AN AVERAGE VERBAL SCORE OF 98. SOME STUDENTS (73 PERCENT) AND PARENTS (62 PERCENT) RECEIVED THERAPY. TESTING RESULTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE PROGRAM SHOWED THAT STUDENTS MADE ACADEMIC GAINS IN THE STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT BATTERY. THERE WAS NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TYPE OF CLASS (PUBLIC SCHOOL, MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, HOSPITAL) AND GROWTH MEASURED BY THE PARAGRAPH MEANING TEST, BUT SUCH A RELATIONSHIP DID EXIST FOR THE SPELLING, ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION, AND ARITHMETIC CONCEPTS TESTS. NO RELATIONSHIP WAS FOUND BETWEEN ACADEMIC GROWTH AND CLINICAL CLASSIFICATIONS, VERBAL-PERFORMANCE IQ PATTERNS, PERCENTAGE OF ATTENDANCES, NEUROLOGICAL INVOLVEMENT, INVOLVEMENT IN PSYCHOTHERAPY, OR SEX OF STUDENT. THERE WAS A TREND TOWARD THE ASSOCIATION OF GROWTH SCORES ON THE SPELLING TEST WITH THE STANDARD PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSTIC CATEGORIES. PROBLEM BEHAVIOR SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE LEGISLATURE (1) RAISE THE AGE LIMIT OF PROGRAMS FOR THE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED FROM 17 TO 21 YEARS, (2) EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO 50 CLASSES FOR 1967-68, TO 70 CLASSES IN 1969-70, AND, THEREAFTER, TO THE NUMBER DETERMINED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND (3) PROVIDE A $2,000 ALLOCATION PER CLASS (OR A $1,600 ALLOCATION FOR HOSPITAL CLASSES) FOR OPERATING FUNDS. (DE)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers: TEXAS; Texas (Austin)