College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

A study of the expository process model in school psychological reports

ISBN or ISSN

0033-3085

Publication Title

Psychology in the Schools

Volume

27

Issue

4

Publication Date / Copyright Date

10-1-1990

First Page

353

Last Page

358

DOI Number

10.1002/1520-6807(199010)27:4<353::AID-PITS2310270412>3.0.CO;2-L

Abstract

A number of authors have documented complaints made by consumers about psychological reports. Prominent among these complaints are that basic data are not included, that psychological terms whose meanings are not clear are used, and that the logic of the statements in reports is unclear. Ownby and Wallbrown (1986) have proposed a model for report writing that addresses these concerns by specifying the types of data and the mode of data presentation most likely to be viewed positively by readers of reports. This study tested this model by developing comparable sets of statements that might appear in a school psychological report, one set model-based and the other not. School psychologists rated statements based on the model as significantly more credible and persuasive than non-model equivalents.

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Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences

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