Discriminant validity of a DSM-IV-based teacher checklist: Comparison of regular and special education students

Richard Mattison, Kenneth D. Gadow, Joyce Sprafkin, Edith E. Nolan

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Abstract

Special educators are increasingly called upon to communicate with community mental health professionals about problem behaviors in terms of DSM-IV psychiatric symptomatology. The teacher version of the Child Symptom Inventory-4 (CSI-4T) is a screening instrument for DSM-IV emotional and behavioral disorders. This study used the CSI-4T to investigate the prevalence of DSM-IV symptoms in four groups of 6-to 12-year-old boys: students with E/BD who were referred for psychiatric consultation, students in special education, students referred to an outpatient clinic (42% receiving special education), and general education students. Results showed that the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder occurred the most commonly across the groups. The general pattern of symptom severity was, in order of decreasing severity, E/BD consultation, outpatient clinic, special education, and general education. Overall, characteristics for all groups of boys appeared consistent with clinical expectations. Findings also provide preliminary support for the discriminant validity of the CSI-4T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-316
Number of pages13
JournalBehavioral Disorders
Volume27
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002

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Special Education
Checklist
special education
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Students
outpatient clinic
general education
teacher
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Psychiatry
Referral and Consultation
student
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Education
Group
ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
health professionals
Mental Health
mental health

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Mattison, Richard ; Gadow, Kenneth D. ; Sprafkin, Joyce ; Nolan, Edith E. / Discriminant validity of a DSM-IV-based teacher checklist : Comparison of regular and special education students. In: Behavioral Disorders. 2002 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 304-316.
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