Advisor

Hess, Robyn S.

Committee Member

Athanasiou, Michelle

Committee Member

Dunn, Thom

Committee Member

Pierce, Corey D.

Department

College of Educational and Behavioral Sciences; Department of School Psychology, School Psychology

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-2020

Extent

89 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This study represents one of the first known studies to explore suboptimal effort in children and adolescents as part of psychoeducational evaluations conducted within a school setting. Only recently has attention been given to pediatric performance validity testing. With the assistance of five credentialed school psychologists across two midwestern states, 52 students were administered the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) as part of their psychoeducational evaluation. The findings of the current study suggested that 19.2% of these students failed Trial 2 on the TOMM, a suggested indicator of suboptimal performance. Furthermore, school psychologists’ ratings of observed effort did not correlate with failure on Trial 2 of the TOMM and there were no discernible patterns across disability area. Full scale ability scores provided a good predictor of performance on the TOMM. Overall, the findings from this study suggest the importance of including an objective performance validity measure for school psychologists in order to improve their ability to identify students who might be demonstrating suboptimal performance. Additional implications for practice and research are provided.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Singleton_unco_0161D_10834.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

Available for download on Thursday, December 31, 2020

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