E. G., Severson, H. H., & Walker, H. M. (1998). Screening for
Emotional and Behavioral Delays: The Early Screening Project. Journal
of Early Intervention , 21 (3), 252-266. ($5.00)
Over 2500 preschool children
from across the United States were screened for emotional and
behavioral problems using the 3-stage, multiple-gating procedures of
The Early Screening Project (ESP). Preschool teachers were asked to
nominate, rank, and rate children in their classroom on both
externalizing and internalizing behavioral dimensions. The behaviors
were then independently confirmed through direct observations in
natural preschool environments. Gender disparities also were addressed.
Significant differences were found between children who did and did not
exceed the ESP's normative referral criteria. The ESP can minimize both
the time and cost of preschool assessments while providing accurate
screening for emotional and behavior problems with less gender bias.
Additionally, the ESP can promote early prevention interventions for
all young children.