Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Second Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Third Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe


Over-representation of males in special education is an area of concern. Research studies have confirmed West Virginia as one of the states having the highest male-to-female ratios for Emotionally Disturbed/Behavior Disorder (ED/BD) students. The current study compares the most and least populated areas in West Virginia with regard to ED/BD eligibility. Male/female student ratios of ED/BD were examined utilizing chi-square analysis. This study used the September 2009 regulations under West Virginia Policy 2419, and those regulations were in place when these data were collected. Results indicated that a statistically significant difference exists between the total number of ED/BD students made eligible into special education when comparing West Virginia’s most and least populated counties, with respect to total student enrollment. It was found that a significant difference did not exist when comparing the male-to-female ratios in West Virginia’s most and least populated counties.


Behavior disorders in children -- Study and teaching -- West Virginia.

Sex discrimination in education -- West Virginia.

Students with disabilities -- West Virginia.