Volume 6, Issue 4 (Winter 2012)
Choosing Informants When Conducting a Universal Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk
Erin Dowdy & Eui Kim
ABSTRACT: Universal screening is gaining considerable attention due to its benefits of early identification and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems. However, despite the importance of gathering information from various informants to aid in the screening process, little attention has been paid to the choice of informants and practitioners are left with little guidance regarding from whom to gather information. This article reviews the current state of the literature with regard to choosing informants within a screening process. In particular, considerations for choosing informants within a multiple-gating screening system are discussed along with recommendations for dealing with disagreements among informants. Future directions and research needs are discussed to help move the field of screening science forward.