ERIC Number: ED172489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Use of the ABIC in Special Education: Problems and Solutions.
Mastenbrook, John; And Others
The paper reviews and critiques the Adaptive Behavior Inventory for Children (ABIC) from the perspective of its utility in the assessment of adaptive behavior for special education eligibility. It is explained that the ABIC, a parent interview consisting of questions about a child's home and community activities, has recently been normed and used on a sample of low-income Mexican American children in the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD). The paper focuses on a thorough investigation of the problems encountered by CCISD in using the ABIC for classification of children as mentally retarded. Problems and limitations of the ABIC for classifications of children as mentally retarded. Problems and limitations of the ABIC are pointed out for two major areas: failure to take into account environmental factors which may affect the acquisition of adaptive behavior, and structural characteristics which inhibit the usefulness of ABIC scores. These problems, as well as theoretical and philosophical issues, are used to support the contention that a new adaptive behavior instrument is needed. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adaptive Behavior Inventory for Children
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Canada, August, 1978)