Volume 6, Issue 4 (Winter 2012)
Considering Social Validity in the Context of Emotional and Behavioral Screening
Fred W. Greer, Brandy S. Wilson, Christine DiStefano, & Jin Liu
ABSTRACT: School-based screening by teachers has been routinely advised for determining the presence of emotional and behavioral problems. However, the trustworthiness of the data may be compromised if the teachers providing the data do not believe that screening is worthwhile. The aim of this study was to provide information about social validity and ways in which it may be considered to promote teacher buy-in for universal screening. A mixed method design was used to gain greater understanding of the impact of social validity on screening programs. Teachers largely felt that screening was acceptable and provided useful information; however, barriers to implementation were found in the issue of feasibility, such as administrative support for screening and use of its results.