ERIC Number: ED190963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Helping Parents Understand the Findings of Their Child's Psychological Evaluation.
Although the role of a child psychologist has been defined in different ways, a typical pediatric psychologist spends a large amount of time with extensive diagnostic testing, because the psychological report is the ultimate product of the assessment procedure. It is important to determine how those receiving the information from the report view its importance and relevance for the child. However, researchers have not examined the degree to which parents value psychological reports prepared by psychologists. The expectations, concerns, and ideas parents have regarding psychological evaluations were investigated with a sample of parents whose children were seen as out-patients of the Learning and Behavioral Disorders Clinic within the Department of Pediatrics at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. All subjects completed a questionnaire about expectations and satisfaction concerning their child's psychological evaluation. Results indicated a readiness and desire on the part of parents to be facilitators of change and to be actively involved in the process of remediation with their children. Findings suggest that the parents not only are passively seeking answers from professionals, but also want to assume an active role. Such a role will necessitate that the psychologist give parents information and supply them with useful strategies and remediation techniques. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (60th, Honolulu, HI, May 5-9, 1980).