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Volume 1, Issue 3 (1972)

Psychosocial Assessment: A Model for the School Community Psychologist

pp. 29—32

This paper presents a psychosocial model for the assessment of children’s behavior in the public schools. The model assumes that behavior is a function of both the individual’s past learning (i.e., personality) and the particular stimuli faced in a given situation. The individual’s past learning includes not only behavioral skills, but his expectancies, attitudes, values, and other affective attributes. The given situation is defined both by its physical and interpersonal characteristics. No priority is assigned either to the social situation or to the individual’s past learning in attempts to understand his behavior. Rather, it is recognized that a given behavior may or may not be exhibited by an individual depending on the situation and on his past learning. Within the psychosocial assessment model the two principal techniques are the interview and the observation.

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