ERIC Number: ED022286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Reference Count: 0
Identification and Treatment of Social-Emotional Problems. Interim Report.
Walker, Hill M.; Mattson, Robert H.
Three assessment instruments for disturbed children were developed: a 50-item behavior checklist which functioned as a screening device; a 124-item behavior rating scale which provided frequency measures on indices of the teacher's reaction and response to exhibited behaviors; and a behavioral observation form which recorded task-oriented behavior in 10-second intervals for 10-minute periods. The checklist had a split-half reliability of .98 and discriminated between disturbed and non-disturbed children (p=.001). The rating scale reflected treatment differences which were known to exist (p=.01), and had an average inter-rater reliability of .935 for three judges on the behavior of six subjects. Agreement measures between independent observers using the observation form were .90 and above. A treatment model based upon learning theory was developed to modify the behavior of disturbed children in an educational setting. Various response-reinforcement contingencies and reinforcers were used with 11 disturbed boys in grades 4, 5, and 6 and produced measurable change by reducing deviant behavior and increasing time spent engaged in task-orientated behavior. It was not possible to determine which treatment variables produced a given amount of behavior change. The checklist, rating scale, and a classification form are appended. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Behavior, Behavior Change, Behavior Patterns, Behavior Rating Scales, Check Lists, Emotional Disturbances, Exceptional Child Research, Identification, Observation, Positive Reinforcement, Reinforcement, Screening Tests, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. School of Education.