ERIC Number: ED169410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Diagnostic Labels on Perceptions of Children's Behavior Disorders.
Fernald, Charles D.; Gettys, Linda
The diagnostic labeling of exceptional children was investigated in two experiments. In the first experiment videotapes of simulated parent/diagnostician label and no-label sessions were viewed by different groups of college students who then reported their perceptions of the child on a questionnaire. Results indicated that label subjects felt they understood the child's problem better. In the second experiment, perceptions of parents of clinic children were compared to perceptions of parents of "labeled" children. Results indicated that use of labels correlated positively with parents having a sense of closure and understanding the child's problem and with their acceptance of the child. These results suggest that diagnostic labels may have beneficial effects for exceptional children. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina Univ., Charlotte.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978); Best copy available