ERIC Number: ED177750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Youngsters with Emotional Disabilities.
Smith, Carl R.
A clarification of the identification process for emotionally disturbed children is presented. Traditional definitions of emotional disturbance (ED) are explored and four behavioral clusters within traditional definitions are presented. The four are withdrawal from social interaction (autism), unsatisfactory interpersonal relationships, consistently inappropriate behavior under normal circumstances, and a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression. Other factors to be considered in the identification of ED are consistency, intensity, duration, and age appropriateness. Diagnostic information should be obtained from home interviews with the parents, observational data (behavioral checklist, formal observation, interviews with student), self-inventories and projective measurement, and clinical consultation. The rationale for identification is discussed as well as educators' fears of the possible negative side effects of labeling, and their lack of competency in identifying ED. The author concludes that by identifying children with ED, the teacher begins a remediation process. (PHR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.