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Utility of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) for educational psychologists’ work

Aljunied, M; Frederickson, N; (2014) Utility of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) for educational psychologists’ work. Educational Psychology in Practice , 30 (4) 380 - 392. 10.1080/02667363.2014.949627. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite embracing a bio-psycho-social perspective, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) assessment framework has had limited application to date with children who have special educational needs (SEN). This study examines its utility for educational psychologists’ work with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Mothers of 40 children with ASD aged eight to 12 years were interviewed using a structured protocol based on the ICF framework. The Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorder (DISCO) was completed with a subset of 19 mothers. Internal consistency and inter-rater reliability of the interview assessments were found to be acceptable and there was evidence for concurrent and discriminant validity. Despite some limitations, initial support for the utility of the ICF model suggests its potential value across educational, health and care fields. Further consideration of its relevance to educational psychologists in new areas of multi-agency working is warranted.

Type: Article
Title: Utility of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) for educational psychologists’ work
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02667363.2014.949627
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2014.949627
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469555
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