School Psychology Review

The Influence of Rural, Suburban, and Urban Student Background and School Setting Upon Psychoeducational Decisions

E. Scott Huebner

pp. 239-241

Mini-Series on Developmental Disabilities

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ABSTRACT: The influence of a student’s background and setting (rural vs. suburban vs. urban, inner city)upon 383 school psychologists’ diagnostic and program decisions for a case study child was investigated. The findings indicated that psychologists’ decisions were not influenced by the student’s background, school setting, psychologist’s work setting, nor psychologist’s childhood background with one exception. Urban students in urban schools were less likely to be diagnosed as mildly mentally handicapped than urban students who moved into rural or suburban schools. The findings overall suggested that school psychologists are not biased by these variables.