Evaluation of Family Inclusion in Screening for Social–Emotional Competence

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the benefits of and barriers to including families in early elementary social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) screening.
  2. understand important considerations for selecting and evaluating SEB screening tools, including alignment with SEL programs (e.g., strength-based vs. deficit-based) and usability.
  3. understand the extent to which parents and teachers agree on ratings of early elementary students’ social–emotional competence
  4. understand the extent to which parent and teacher ratings of early elementary students’ social–emotional competence remain stable over time.


Families offer unique perspectives of child behavior in social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) screening; however, limited research has evaluated the contribution of parent informants. This study will evaluate the consistency between teacher and parent ratings of K–2 students’ social–emotional strengths, as well as the stability of the ratings for each type of informant over time. Results will be considered in the context of usability, particularly with regard to conducting SEB screening with parents as informants.



Brian Daniels, University of Massachusetts Boston
Stacy L. Bender, University of Massachusetts Boston
Bryce Scottron, University of Massachusetts Boston


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