Title: Perceptions of disturbed and disturbing behavioral characteristics by school personnel
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099096/00001
 Material Information
Title: Perceptions of disturbed and disturbing behavioral characteristics by school personnel
Physical Description: xiv, 215 leaves ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Ramsey, Roberta S., 1940- ( Designer )
Schmid, Rex E. ( Thesis advisor )
Algozzine, Robert F. ( Thesis advisor )
Forgnone, Charles J. ( Reviewer )
Kimbrough, Ralph B. ( Reviewer )
Mercer, Cecil D. ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1981
Copyright Date: 1981
Subjects / Keywords: Mentally ill children   ( lcsh )
Problem children   ( lcsh )
Special Education thesis Ph. D
School administrators -- Attitudes   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Special Education -- UF
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to determine if similar behavioral characteristics are perceived by school personnel to be indicative of "emotional disturbance" and to be "disturbing" in working with children and youth. Relative perceptions of different types of school personnel toward behavioral characteristics considered indicative of "disturbed" and "disturbing" were examined. A conceptual framework was established by returning to the pioneer study of disturbing behaviors performed by E. K. Wickman in 1928, and 33 replications and modifications which followed. Major effort was devoted in this study to the attainment of a truly global behavioral taxonomy. A composite behavior rating scale was assembled from definitional characteristics used by the 50 state departments of education to establish eligibility for services for emotionally disturbed, the Wickman Rating Scale, and the Walker Social Behavior Survival Program. A pilot study was performed at the University of Florida to determine reliability, validity, and item assessment. Three categories of educators were selected from the Florida Putnam County School District; teachers, administrators, and counselors, the first by random selection. These 189 participants rated a two-time questionnaire about one week apart under the alternating conditions of "emotional disturbance" and "disturbing." The 80 behavioral items, rated in two ways, were factored into nine behavioral clusters for analysis and interpretation. Pearson correlations showed no relationship between perceptions of the two conditions. Differences revealed by t^ tests between independent groups of respondents showed significant differences between perceptions of teachers and administrators, and teachers and counselors for various behavioral clusters. No significant difference was found between administrators and counselors. Differences were concluded to have implications for decision making in the referral process. Acceptable reliability was established; construct validity determined at .90, and an 85 percent return of the matched questionnaire was achieved. Rankings formulated from mean scores, corroboration of aberrant behaviors by texts, and content of existing standardized behavior rating scales suggested a need for additional behavioral criteria in the Federal Regulations. The investigator recommended codification of "behavior disorders" and formulation of a nationally standardized definition for this special education category.
Statement of Responsibility: by Roberta S. Ramsey.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 1981.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 202-213.
General Note: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00099096
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 000296321
oclc - 08067004
notis - ABS2682


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