Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John


Adolescent and Adult Self-Concept Retrospective Scale; Mentally ill


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of the Adolescent and Adult Self-concept Retrospective Scale (AASRS) for use with emotionally disturbed adolescents. To determine validity, scores on a behavioral rating scale, the Behavioral Dimensions Rating Scale (BDRS), completed by a teacher or teacher's assistant were correlated to scores on the AASRS. It was thought that if there was a high congruence between the scores on the two measures the AASRS would be validated.

The sample in this study consisted of 29 dually diagnosed adolescents that attended a school for special needs students. All subjects were between 13 and 20 years old and were previously diagnosed as emotionally disturbed, and had a secondary diagnosis. The sample consisted of primarily males, 21 males and 8 females from various SES and ethnic backgrounds.

The data was analyzed using a Pearson correlation and Spearman rho correlation coefficients. Correlations were computed for all subjects based on gender and secondary diagnosis. The results of the current study did not yield any significant correlations between the BDRS and the AASRS.