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ERIC Number: EJ1179344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1538-4799
Students at Enrollment into Community-Based Systems of Care: Characteristics and Predictors of Functioning in School
January, Stacy-Ann A.; Lambert, Matthew C.; Epstein, Michael H.; Spooner, Mary; Gebreselassie, Tesfayi
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v26 n2 p67-78 Jun 2018
Community-based systems of care (SOC) provide a range of services to students with significant emotional and behavioral difficulties and their families. However, little is known about the educational characteristics and functioning of students at enrollment in SOC. The purpose of this study was to replicate and extend previous research by examining the educational characteristics and predictors of school functioning for students referred to SOC using a large and diverse national data source. Participants were 5,628 students ages 6 to 18 years who were enrolled in community-based SOC across 45 U.S. states, districts, and territories. Students' grades, discipline, and attendance (as reported by caregivers) were used as indicators of school functioning, and students' demographic characteristics, referral source, and emotional/behavioral functioning were used to predict functioning in school, including the testing of interaction effects. Findings revealed that, although many students earned average grades, a large portion of students had significant discipline and attendance problems. Results of the ordinal regression analyses indicated that most demographic variables and measures of clinical functioning significantly predicted students' grades, attendance, and discipline, and that age and special education status represented a significant interaction. Findings provide insight into the educational functioning of students at enrollment in community-based SOC and have implications for research and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Center for Mental Health Services
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist; Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B110001