ERIC Number: EJ943228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Mental Health Needs of Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities Placed in Special Education Programs in Urban Schools
Kutash, Krista; Duchnowski, Albert J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v13 n2 p235-248 Jun 2004
We describe the psychosocial characteristics of youth with an average age of 11.8 years served in special education due to emotional disturbances in urban communities (N = 158). Data were also collected describing service utilization, academic functioning, and family characteristics. Ten schools in three mid-size urban cities participated. Results from the administration of standardized assessments revealed that the majority of students scored in the clinical range on the parent version of the Child Behavior Checklist and the Columbia Impairment Scale, indicating significant levels of emotional and behavioral impairment. Further, behavior problems began at an early age with 80% of the youth using outpatient services beginning at the average age of 7.5 years and 29% of the youth using inpatient services beginning at an average age of 8.4 years of age. Most of the youths' school careers (67%) have been in a special education setting. The most common services currently being supplied by school personnel was individual counseling and this was provided for 63% of the students while child-serving agency personnel were providing individual counseling for 17% of the youth. Implications for the development of multi-agency collaborative services are presented.
Descriptors: Check Lists, Urban Schools, Health Needs, Behavior Problems, Age, Emotional Disturbances, Family Characteristics, Child Behavior, Individual Counseling, School Personnel, Mental Health, Special Education, Academic Ability, Standardized Tests, Measures (Individuals), Counseling Services, Agency Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist