ERIC Number: ED460534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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The Development of a Scale To Assess the Emotional and Behavioral Strengths of Children.
Epstein, Michael H.; Sharma, Jennifer; McKelvey, Janet; Frankenberry, Erin
This paper describes the development of the Behavioral and Emotional Strengths Scale (BESS), developed as part of a program which focuses on strengths of children usually seen as having severe emotional and/or behavioral disorders. The BESS is a 68-item scale that identifies children's behavioral strengths on five dimensions: (1) self-control; (2) affective development; (3) family involvement; (4) school performance; and (5) self-confidence. The paper reports the results of efforts that establish the scale's content validity, item discrimination, and factor structure. It also notes current efforts to establish norms for the BESS. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Disorders, Children, Emotional Development, Emotional Disturbances, Family Relationship, Measures (Individuals), Psychological Testing, Psychometrics, Rating Scales, Self Control, Self Esteem
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844.