A Review of the Research on the Scales for Assessing Emotional Disturbance: Screener

Matthew C. Lambert, Allen G. Garcia, Michael H. Epstein, Douglas Cullinan, Jodie D. Martin

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The purpose of this article is to provide a qualitative review of the published research on the Scales for Assessing Emotional Disturbance-3: Screener noting the psychometric properties and overall findings. Results from 10 studies were reviewed and summarized. Across the studies, internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and inter-rater agreement were satisfactory. Unidimensionality of the tests scores was supported, and several studies reported only trivial degrees of bias across racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Diagnostic utility was acceptable as were convergent relations with other measures of psychopathology. Social validity was also satisfactory. This review indicates that the psychometric properties of the scores from the Screener meet acceptable professional standards and supports its use in school-based programs to identify at-risk students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-68
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • behavior assessment
  • Emotional and Behavioral Screener
  • emotional disturbance
  • Scales Assessing Emotional Disturbance
  • universal screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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