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John Guidubaldi papers (faculty-Early Childhood Education/Psychology)


Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: John Guidubaldi papers
Inclusive Date(s): 1964-2001
Bulk Date(s): 1975-1995
Author: Finding aid prepared by Robin M. Katz, May 2009
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Robin M. Katz using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2009
Origination: Guidubaldi, John
Extent: 33 cubic feet (32 boxes = 33 record storage boxes, 1 slim document case, 2 audio visual cases, 1 oversized folder)
Physical Location: 10th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0094
Abstract: This collection includes materials from the first nationwide study on the impact of divorce on children, which was led by Kent State University Early Childhood School Psychology Program Director John Guidubaldi. The papers also include materials from his other research on divorce in China, working mothers, father involvement, special education, and early childhood education. Materials from his professional work in and outside of Kent State are also represented.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of John Guidubaldi

John Guidubaldi is a graduate of Youngstown State University (B.S.), Kent State University (M.A.), and Harvard Univrsity (D.Ed.). He started as an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Personnel Services at Kent State frmo 1969-1972. He became Chairman of the Early Childhood Education Department, developed the Early Childhood School Psychology Program, and was named Professor of School Psychology from 1971 until he left Kent State in 1994. Guidubaldi was President of the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP). His most noted research was as director of the first nationwide "Impact of Divorce on Children" research project. He has also examined maternal employment, father involvement, custody laws, special education, and early childhood education. After leaving Kent State, he served on the U.S. Congressional Commission on Child and Family Welfare, and he was appointed as a Professor of School Psychology at John Carroll University.

John Guidubaldi graduated from Youngstown State University in 1962 with a B.S. in Education. After graduation, he taught math at Howland Junior High School in Warren, Ohio. In 1963, he enrolled in the Master's program for School Psychology at Kent State University. While at Kent, he worked as a graduate research assistant to the Ohio Gifted Child Project and he was an intern in the Portage County Board of Education. Out of this relationship, Guidubaldi later helped bring much-needed mental health services to the county by forming the Portage Family Counseling and Mental Health Center. After receiving his M.A., he pursued a doctoral degree at Harvard University. While working on his D.Ed., Guidubaldi assisted with the Harvard Preschool Project and taught courses in the Tufts University Department of Child Study. Shortly after graduating, he was brought back to Kent State as an Assistant Professor. As a result, he was living in Kent during the events of May 4, 1970 and he was interviewed for the Special Collections and Archives Department's Oral History Project. Guidubaldi began his career at Kent State in the Counseling and Peronnel Services (1969-1972) and he helped direct the Child Development Specialist Training grant (1969-1971). In 1972, he developed the specialized Early Childhood School Psychology program, and he remained a Professor of School Psychology throughout his tenure at Kent State. He also served as Chairman of the Early Childhood Education department from 1972-1984. Guidubaldi's most recognized work was as Director of the KSU-NASP Nationwide "Impact of Divorce on Children" Study. It was funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Kent State University, and private donors. This was the first study of its kind, which took three data sets: one in 1981-1982, another in 1984, and a third in 1988. Through 144 school psychologists, the project samples 699 families from 38 states. Children and parents of both divorced and "intact" families were interviewed by participating school psychologists. The students' teachers were also interviewed. The study measured the performance, adjustment and overall wellbeing of children of divorces in several categories, and controlled for many variable factors. Guidubaldi was president-elect of the NASP when the study was approved.

The divorce project used the Parenting Satisfaction Scale, a psychological instrument which Guidubaldi co-developed with Helen Cleminshaw. He was also co-author of the testing instrument called the Batelle Developmental Inventory, which was used to assess preschool intervention programs. Guidubaldi also founded and edited the Highlights Magazine "Newsletter of Parenting" as well as the School Psychology Digest, which later became the Review.

Guidubaldi's other research covers divorce, maternal employment, father involvement, custody laws, special education, and early childhood education. He co-directed the cross-cultural study on Children's Divocre Adjustment in the United States of America and The People's Republic of China (1988-1991).

After leaving Kent State in 1994, Guidubaldi served on the US Congressional Commision on Child and Family Welfare from 1994-1997. He also worked with the State of Ohio Board of Regents on the "Fathers' Involvement in Child Rearing" project (1993-2001), the Ohio Advisory Council for Child Support Guidelines, and the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children. He was appointed as a Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Education at John Carroll University in 1994.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the raw data subject files, data analysis reports, project management files, presentation materials, publications, and other documents related to the KSU-NASP Nationwide "Impact of Divorce on Children" Research Project. It includes materials from Guidubaldi's other research projects such as the Study of Children's Divorce Adjustment in the US and China, the Maternal Employment study, Fatherhood Involvement research, and an examination of Special Education in the Cleveland Public School District. Lastly, the collection contains materials from Guidubaldi's extensive professional work at Kent State University, as a leader in the NASP, as editor of two journals and author of two psychological instruments, and his various contributions to local, state, and national policy.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following series:
NASP-KSU Nationwide "Impact of Divorce on Children" Research Project
Other Research Projects
Tests and Instruments
Professional Career


Processing Information

This collection was processed using minimum-level processing. This involved selected re-foldering: original (not acid-free) folders in good condition were kept, loose materials were put into archival quality folders, and items in binders and other awkwardly shaped or likely-to-deteriorate materials were re-housed. Metal fasteners such as paperclips were removed, but not staples.

The collection is described at the subseries (and sometimes sub-subseries) level only. Individual folders are not listed, but the scope and content notes for each subseries gives an adequate description. Box numbers are provided for retrieval and identification purposes.

Preferred Citation

John Guidubaldi papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Divorce
Children of divorced parents
Domestic relations
Divorce--China
Working mothers
Fathers
Custody of children
Special education
School psychology
Psychological tests
Persons:
Guidubaldi, John



Detailed Description of The Collection

KSU-NASP Nationwide Impact of Divorce on Children Study, 1980-1994

Raw Data, 1981-1985
Scope and Content
Each folder in this series represents a subject at a given time. The folder contains the subject's raw data, usually in the form of a psychological instrument filled out by the participating school psychologist.
For the 1981-1982 interviews, a child's folder generally contains: the Parenting Satisfaction Scale (PSS), Sells and Roff's Rating of Child's Peer Relations, the Vineland Teacher's Questionaire, the Hanemann Elementary School Behavior Rating Scale (HESB), a Parent Interview, a Child Interview, and a Data Summary sheet. These folders are usually labeled with a name and number.
For the 1984-1985 interviews, a child's folder generally contains: the PSS, Sells & Roff's, HES, a Parent Questionaire, a Child Interview, a Child Behavior Checklist, survey questions from the National Committee for Citizens in Education, and a Fortran coding form. These folders are usually labeled with a number only.
Box 1
Named data folders, 1981-1982
Box 2
Named data folders, 1981-1982
Box 3
Named data folders, 1982
Box 4
Named data folders, 1982
Box 5
Named data folders, 1982
Box 6
Named data folders, 1982
Box 7
Named data folders, 1982
Box 8
Named data folders, 1982
Box 9
Numbered data folders, 1984
Box 10
Numbered data folders, 1984-1985
Box 11
Numbered data folders, 1984-1985
Box 12
Index File, circa 1982
Scope and Content
Contains contact information for participating school psychologists and the subjects they interviewed (children of divorced or intact families).
Processing Information
The sets of cards which are wrapped in interleaving paper were originally filed on their side (sticking up out of the box) by Guidubaldi.
Box 13
Index File, circa 1982
Scope and Content
Contains contact information for participating school psychologists and the subjects they interviewed (children of divorced or intact families).
Processing Information
The sets of cards which are wrapped in interleaving paper were originally filed on their side (sticking up out of the box) by Guidubaldi.
Folder 1
Data Charts, circa 1984
Physical Location: Located above the shelving unit
Physical Description: 1 Oversized Folder

Data Analysis, Data Interpretation and Project Management, 1981-1994
Box 14
Data Analysis, 1981-1984
Scope and Content
Includes: T-1 instruments, correspondence by state (1981), regression analyses (1982-1984), tabling instructions (1982-1984), project management files such as original participant follow-up, T-2 originals, and follow-up correspondence (1984).
Box 15
Data Analysis, circa 1981-1988
Scope and Content
Includes: T-2 correlations, regression analyses, and T-1 and T-2 correlations.
Box 16
Data Analysis and Interpretation, 1985-1989
Scope and Content
Includes: relation of divorce and health (1985), variables T-1 and T-2, lists of criteria and predictors, publications, coding books, VPI coding handbooks, human subjects review (1989), and presentations/articles (1980s).
Box 17
Data Analysis and Project Management, circa 1988-1990
Scope and Content
Includes: seven-year follow up refusals (1988); parental response inventory, letter packets, permissions, adolescent questionnaires (seven-year follow-up); eight-year data summary sheets, parent questionnaires, adolescent questionnaires, Parental Satisfaction Scale (PSS), Sells and Roff's; Family Environmental Scale, WRAT, VPI; seven-year grants and correspondence; seven-year preliminary data; tables; and seven-year follow up contact information.
Box 18
Data Interpretation, circa 1988-1990
Scope and Content
Includes: sources, presentations, and publications.
Box 19
Data Interpretation and Project Management, 1986-1992
Scope and Content
Includes: blank instruments, materials from research meetings, publications and grants, sampling information, questionnaires, participants (1986, 1988, 1991) divorce project staff (1988-1989, 1992), information on child abuse, case students, second sampling batches, and transparencies.
Box 20
Data Analysis and Project Management, circa 1992
Scope and Content
Includes: contact information; instruments and forms; data summary sheets; variables T-1, T-2 and T-3; participant psychologists, data analysis (1992), frequencies by time, divorced male data, demographics, and coding.
Box 21
Data Analysis and Project Management, circa 1990-1992
Scope and Content
Includes: variables, coding, blank instruments, all "intact" cases, participating psychologists, PSS correlations (1992), Achenbach scales, WRAT-R, and MCSIV coding.
Box 22
Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, and Project Management, 1990-1993
Scope and Content
Includes: continuing education unit credit for participating psychologists, Achenbach scales, Australia presentation (1993), and PSS data analysis.
Box 23
Data Interpretation and Conclusions, circa 1986-1994
Scope and Content
Includes: miscellanous materials; project correspondence; and papers, publications, and presentations.
Box 24
Conclusions and Project Publicity, circa 1986-1994
Scope and Content
Includes: papers, publications, and presentations; research publicity/citations.

Other Research Projects, 1966-circa 2001
Box 25 / Box 26
Cross-Cultural Study of Children's Divorce Adjustment in the United States of American and The People's Republic of China, 1988-1991
Box 26
Maternal Employment Research, circa 1986
Box 27
Preschool Research, 1966-1969, 1975, 1994
Scope and Content
Includes: Harvard Preschool Project (1966-1969), Montessori Study (1975), Maple Heights Study, Akron Public Study (1994), and miscellaneous research.
Box 27 / Box 28 / Box 29
Cleveland Public Schools Special Eduation Study, 1992-1993
Scope and Content
Includes raw data files
Box 29
Fathers' Involvement in Child Rearing Research Project, 1992-circa 2001

Tests and Instruments, circa 1984-1994
Box 30 / Box 31
Batelle Developmental Inventory, circa 1984
Box 31
Parenting Satisfaction Scale, circa 1994
Box 31
Other Tests, circa 1984-1994
Scope and Content
Includes: Children's Early Education Developmental Inventory (CEEDI), Vineland Teacher's Questionnaire, and Holland's VPI.

Professional Career, 1964-2001
Box 32
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), 1970-1989
Scope and Content
Includes: letters of commendations, Ecological and Intrapersonal Factors that Enhance Children's School Adjustment, A Proposal for the Development of a Certified Program for School Psychologists, a Survey of State School Psychology Presidents, Indiana Psychology Association doctoral degree case, Psychological Rights of the Child, NASP Membership Survey, the NASP Communique newsletter, minutes, correspondence, proposals, surveys, and other materials.
Box 32
Miscellaneous Professional Involvement, circa 1980-1995
Scope and Content
Includes materials from Guidubaldi's involvement with the American Psychological Association (APA) at large and the Ohio School Psychologist Association.
Box 32
Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1980-1995
Box 32
Miscellaneous Presentations, circa 1980-1995
Box 33
Editorial Work, circa 1970-1989
Box 33
School Psychology Digest, 1971-1984
Scope and Content
Guidubaldi was editor and originator of this quarterly journal published by the NASP. In 1980, it was renamed The School Psychology Review. This sub-subseries includes correspondence, drafts, and publications.
Box 33
Highlights Magazine and the Newsletter of Parenting, 1978-circa 1980
Scope and Content
Guidubaldi was editor and originator of Highlight's newsletter for parents. He later served on the editorial advisory board of Highlights Magazine. This sub-subseries includes correspondence, drafts, and publications.
Box 34
Kent State University, Early Childhood Education Department and School Psychology Program, circa 1969-1994
Scope and Content
Includes: School Psychology Training Program, Department literature, Interdisciplinary Correspondence and Departmental Papers, Advisees, correspondence, committee work, course materials, budget and management information, records related to funding, materials on the University School and Child Development Center, Curriculum, Annual Reports and miscellaneous projects and events.
Box 34
Correspondence, Professional and Personal, circa 1964-1995
Box 35
Portage Family Counseling and Mental Health Center, circa 1970-1976
Box 36
Policy Work, 1980-2001
Box 35
U.S. Commission on Child and Family Welfare, 1994-1997
Box 35
Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children, 1999-2001
Box 35
Other Policy Involvement, circa 1980-1999
Scope and Content
Includes: University of Akron and Mandaded Mediation, Professional Certification and License Requirements, and other miscellaneous projects.
Box 35
Biographical / Career Overview, circa 1970-1999
Scope and Content
Includes: photographs, resumes, publicity, and awards.
Box 36
Graduate Work, circa 1969
Scope and Content
Includes Guidubaldi's Masters Thesis from Kent State, weekly logs, and his Harvard dissertation.
Box 35
John Carroll University, Department of Education, circa 1994-2001
Box 36
Private Practice / Legal Cases, 1982, 1984, 1990