ERIC Number: EJ859786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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An International Assessment of the Emotional and Behavioral Strengths of Youth
Lappalainen, Kristiina; Savolainen, Hannu; Kuorelahti, Matti; Epstein, Michael H.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n6 p746-753 Dec 2009
The assessment of emotional and behavioral strengths has been identified as an important part of the assessment process for children referred for specialized services. The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale-2 (BERS-2; Epstein, Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale: a strength-based approach to assessment. PRO-Ed, Austin, TX, 2004) was developed as a standardized, norm-referenced instrument to measure strengths of children and youth, and has been found to be a psychometrically sound instrument. We determined the psychometric characteristics of the BERS-2 with a Finnish sample. The BERS-2 was translated in Finnish and 608 Finnish 9th graders filled in the self-evaluation. Results showed that the five subscales of BERS-2 have good reliability and formed a strong strength index. In general, females scored higher than males and special education students scored lower than non-special education students. This study suggests that the translated version of BERS-2 is a valid and reliable instrument in Finland.
Descriptors: Behavior Rating Scales, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Psychometrics, Grade 9, Special Education, Finno Ugric Languages, Gender Differences, General Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale