The functioning of children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) is a concern for parents and educators. Screening focuses efforts to identify and prevent/remediate EBD for students most at risk. Current screening instruments fail to meet three factors that may be related to successful early identification. The three factors are universality (rates all students), brevity, and identification of internalizing and externalizing symptoms. This thesis began the construction of a screener with all three factors. The thesis determined a conceptual basis for the instrument and created an item pool. The conceptualization was based on a literature review. The item pool was obtained by looking at current assessments and screeners, research studies, and teacher focus groups and email surveys. The item pool should be test piloted and compared against reliable and valid assessments to further reduce the number of items.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Conley, Laura Eileen, "Development of the Test Item Pool for a Screening Instrument of Emotional and Behavioral Disorder of Elementary School Students." (2009). All Theses and Dissertations. 1896.
emotional and behavioral disorders, screening, screening instruments, elementary school students