CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Academic and Behavioral Outcomes for Students at Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Department

Department of Justice and Human Services

Publication Date

11-1-2005

Publication Title

Behavioral Disorders

ISSN

0198-7429

Volume

31

Issue/No.

1

First Page

84

Last Page

94

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe academic and behavioral outcomes for adolescents who were identified when they were in kindergarten and first grade as being at risk for developing emotional and behavioral disorders. Results indicated that primary school academic achievement and teacher ratings of academic competence were highly predictive of middle school reading achievement and moderately predictive of math achievement. Teacher ratings of behavior across time were consistent and reliable, and behavioral ratings by primary school teachers were predictive of students' behavioral ratings by middle school teachers. These findings suggest that young students with academic and behavioral problems continue to display problems into adolescence, placing them at serious risk for school failure and dropping out. Results have implications for early identification and prevention/intervention programs for at-risk students.

DOI

10.1177%2F019874290503100106

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