Graduate Program

School Psychology

Degree Name

Specialist in School Psychology

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

J. Michael Havey


The present study examined the convergent and discriminant validity of the Behavior Assessment System for Children-Self-Report of Personality (BASC-SRP) and the Youth Self-Report (YSR). One purpose of this study was to examine the degree of relationship between the SRP and the YSR. This study also examined the degree to which each of these measures could successfully distinguish among samples of students who had been identified as LD or ED, or had not been referred. Participants included a total of 109 students between 12 and 18 years of age. Results of this study indicated that correlations between similar scales and composites of the BASC-SRP and the YSR were within the moderate to high average range. Both instruments were found to distinguish among the groups, however, the SRP successfully identified considerably higher percentages with lower rates of false positives and negatives than did the YSR. This study provides support for the convergent and discriminant validity of the SRP and the YSR.