Authors: Alyssa Clare
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joni Splett
College: College of Education
Approximately 80% of children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are not adequately identified, leading to a gap between necessary services and those received (State et al., 2011). The purpose of the MTSS-MH project is to identify the efficiency of universal mental health screening in schools using progress monitoring and analysis of teachers’ perceptions on screening. The Teacher Perceptions of Screening and Mental Health Practices Survey is expected to assess each school’s organizational climate and teachers’ perceptions on how accurately their schools utilize screening and interventions. Data analyses were run in this validity study to measure the survey’s internal reliability. The internal reliability of the survey was indicated moderate to high reliability (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.787). We also ran -way ANOVAs to assess the differences between the mean answers to survey questions. Results indicate that the TPSMHPS survey is a valid measure of teachers’ perceptions to mental health screening, as it is shown to utilize correct constructs to assess perceptions. This survey can be utilized in future studies as a tool for improving identification-to-intervention procedures for students with social, emotional, and behavioral problems.