School Psychology Review

Pre-Intervention Assessment of Behavior Disordered Children: Where Does the School Psychologist Stand?

Barbara A. Mowder

pp. 5-13

Behavioral Assessment

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ABSTRACT: Assessment of behavior disorders and emotional disturbance is a difficult task; a generally recognized classification system does not exist, definitions of emotional disturbance are far from clear, incidence figures vary, and a plethora of hypotheses have been forwarded to explain its existence. This paper reviews the major issues involved in pre-intervention assessment of children with this handicapping condition and makes recommendations for school psychologists in the psycho-educational evaluation of behavior disordered and emotionally disturbed children.