Effects of Life Space Crisis Intervention on Students with Emotional Behavior Disorders

Date of Award

Winter 12-14-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in School Psychology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Joshua D Johnson


This project looked at the effects of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), a therapeutic approach for students with trauma, on students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. The intervention was done on three Native American, middle-school-aged boys who receive special education services under the disability category of Emotional Behavior Disorders and exhibit extreme behaviors. The study took place in a rural midwestern setting four school. Behaviors measured include aggressive incidents, walkouts, self-advocacy skills measured by an increase in self-time minutes and a decrease in directed time minutes, and other behavior information collected at the school. The data was collected over the 2022-2023 school year using the Performance Tracking System. This study found that LSCI improved self-advocacy skills for all participants. However, the results varied by participant on other outcomes measured. The inconsistency in results and limitations of the study suggest that other factors may also contribute to the results. In light of these varied outcomes and limitations, further research should be done to understand the effects of LSCI.

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