ERIC Number: ED252044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Performance of Emotionally Handicapped Students: Predictor of School Placement?
Lutkemeier, David M.; Wade, James P.
The study examined the intellectual performance of 248 school age students 157 of whom were taken from public school settings. Of these, 93 were emotionally handicapped (EH) students and 64 were regular education students. The remaining subjects came from a residential school for EH children and youth (n=15) and from a summer program for academically accelerated students (n=76). Assessment measures were used that may not be as susceptible to extraneous factors as are more commonly used instruments. Measures included the Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM), reaction time evaluations, and student record reviews. Results revealed the usefulness of the SPM in clearly differentiating groups on the basis of cognitive performance. Reaction time data revealed statistically significant differences between groups. Results of file review (indicating scores on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised) revealed high correlation with individual SPM scores. Findings suggested support for the possibility that intelligence may have some bearing on the diagnostic and EH placement process, despite the lack of compelling evidence to assume that intellectual ability plays an important etiological role. Treatment implications for generalization enhancing approaches are briefly noted. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).