ERIC Number: EJ852586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Measuring Treatment Outcome for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances: Discriminant Validity and Clinical Significance of the Child and Adolescent Functioning Assessment Scale
Roy, Kimberlee M.; Roberts, Michael C.; Vernberg, Eric M.; Randall, Camille J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v17 n2 p232-240 Apr 2008
We investigated the use of a popular measure, the Children and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS), in treatment outcome research. The sample included 70 children who had been discharged from an elementary therapeutic classroom (Intensive Mental Health Program). Significant relationships were found between decreases in CAFAS scores and optimal educational placement, contributing to evidence of the scale's discriminant validity. Clinically significant change in CAFAS scores was also investigated, with a 30 point change in score most accurately discriminating between placements after discharge. Further investigations of real world outcomes versus changes in score on this measure are warranted.
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Mental Health Programs, Validity, Measures (Individuals), Functional Behavioral Assessment, Outcomes of Treatment, Scientific Research, Scores, Placement, Adolescents
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