ERIC Number: ED464465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Screening Program for Pre Schoolers: Early Identification of Mental Health Problems.
Loseth, Rick; Carlson, Sarah; Picard, Anine; King, Carly; Schmid, Chris Oldakowski; VanEngen, Rose
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the effectiveness of the Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale (PECFAS) Screener, an assessment designed to assist in the early identification of mental health concerns in preschool-aged children. Formed in 1993, the Putting All Communities Together 4 Families (PACT 4) program is a Children's Mental Health and Family Service Collaborative that works with four rural counties in Minnesota. PACT 4 began utilizing the PECFAS to assess functional impairment and service outcomes for children ages 4-7 years old. The PECFAS consists of seven subscales for assessing youth (school/daycare, home, community, behavior toward others, moods/emotions, self-harmful behavior, and thinking/communication) and two caregiver scales. The PECFAS Screener was administered in the first pilot to more than 300 children at a dozen preschool screenings. Preliminary findings were encouraging, in that 3% to 8% of the children screened indicated a need for follow-up. Most families were followed up with the more extensive interview of the PECFAS, which resulted in approximately half being referred to parenting education or other related resources and the others being referred for future evaluation. Findings from the second year of the pilot project continue to indicate the usefulness of the screener. (CR)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Behavior Rating Scales, Disability Identification, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Emotional Disturbances, Evaluation Methods, Mental Disorders, Preschool Children, Prevention, Referral, Screening Tests, Student Evaluation, Test Validity
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.