The scale for assessing emotional disturbance: Concurrent validity

Douglas Cullinan, Mark Harniss, Michael H. Epstein, Gail Ryser

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The Scale for Assessing Emotional Disturbance (SAED) is a standardized, normreferenced measure designed to operationalize the federal definition of Emotional Disturbance. It has demonstrated content validity and reliability. The two studies reported here address the SAED's concurrent validity. Samples in each study consisted of students identified with Emotional Disturbance. In both studies, special education teachers rated students on the SAED and a second measure of children 's emotional and behavior problems. In the first study the SAED was compared to the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist. Correlations were generally moderate to high for similar subscales and low for dissimilar subscales. In the second study, the SAED was compared to the Teacher Report Form. Again, correlations generally were as expected and compatible with results of the first study. Results indicate that the SAED emotional and behavior problem subscales measure constructs akin to emotional and behavior problems measured by similar collections of item on the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist and Teacher Report Form. Implications of results and recommendations for use of the SAED are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-466
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Emotional disturbance
  • Measurement
  • Rating scale
  • Students
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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