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Message ID: 8504
Date: 2010-06-28

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:citations sought

Hello, Keeping in mind I am a parent/parent advocate, not a professional researcher or provider: Some years ago my child underwent evaluation for special ed purposes, and his school had behavioral checklists done by myself, three teachers, and his two foster parents. It was the only time I ever had a chance to see corresponding assessments done by several people with different roles in his life, and the results gave me new insight. I felt that on some level, the results indicated different frameworks within which we perceived behavior (as opposed, say, to presuming that some views were correct and others wrong). In particular I noticed that the foster parents and I were more likely to identify internalizing characteristics while the teachers identified externalizing characteristics. This made a lot of sense to me: teachers relate to the child functioning among a group of peers (and where managing that group is part of the relationship); parents and foster parents relate to the child individually. There were differences comparing the foster parents' and my checklists (looked like gender might play in) and differences among the teachers, but the external vs. internal pattern jumped out at me. I find it helpful to think of these as relating to the child on different dimensions, almost like horizontal vs. vertical axes--each of which is incomplete taken alone. I'm wondering if anyone can give me some published references related to this, preferably references that can be accessed by someone who does not have academic memberships/subscriptions to professional journals. I am working on an article (for parent audience) using this. What I have in mind is the parent/individual caregiver relationship compared to provider relationships in which the child is one of many--in a classroom, in a group care setting, etc. Thank you. Sheri McMahon ND

Hello, Keeping in mind I am a parent/parent advocate, not a professional researcher or provider: Some years ago my child underwent evaluation for special ed purposes, and his school had behavioral checklists done by myself, three teachers, and his two foster parents. It was the only time I ever had a chance to see corresponding assessments done by several people with different roles in his life, and the results gave me new insight. I felt that on some level, the results indicated different frameworks within which we perceived behavior (as opposed, say, to presuming that some views were correct and others wrong). In particular I noticed that the foster parents and I were more likely to identify internalizing characteristics while the teachers identified externalizing characteristics. This made a lot of sense to me: teachers relate to the child functioning among a group of peers (and where managing that group is part of the relationship); parents and foster parents relate to the child individually. There were differences comparing the foster parents' and my checklists (looked like gender might play in) and differences among the teachers, but the external vs. internal pattern jumped out at me. I find it helpful to think of these as relating to the child on different dimensions, almost like horizontal vs. vertical axes--each of which is incomplete taken alone. I'm wondering if anyone can give me some published references related to this, preferably references that can be accessed by someone who does not have academic memberships/subscriptions to professional journals. I am working on an article (for parent audience) using this. What I have in mind is the parent/individual caregiver relationship compared to provider relationships in which the child is one of many--in a classroom, in a group care setting, etc. Thank you. Sheri McMahon ND