ERIC Number: EJ891103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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School Context and the Problem Behavior and Social Skills of Students with Emotional Disturbance
Wiley, Andrew L.; Siperstein, Gary N.; Forness, Steven R.; Brigham, Frederick J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n4 p451-461 Aug 2010
Variability in the social and behavioral characteristics of students with emotional disturbance (ED) in the public schools may impact special education effectiveness; yet very little evidence exists on how such variability may express itself from school to school. One place to begin such investigation involves school context as expressed by income level and academic performance. In this study, we selected 140 children (grades kindergarten through 6) receiving special education services for ED in schools in a large east-coast urban area. We gathered school-wide test results from state achievement testing and school poverty levels from eligibility for free or reduced lunch on each school. For each child, we collected teacher ratings of problem behavior and social skills. Findings from regression analyses revealed significant relationships between school context and children's externalizing and internalizing behavior. We discuss the implications of these findings for the concept of ED as a unitary disability category in special education research and practice.
Descriptors: Poverty, Income, Emotional Disturbances, Disabilities, Urban Areas, Elementary School Students, Achievement Tests, Standardized Tests, Socioeconomic Influences, Special Education, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Educational Environment, Context Effect, Interpersonal Competence, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
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