ERIC Number: EJ943395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
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Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale: Two Studies of Convergent Validity
Trout, Alexandra L.; Ryan, Joseph B.; La Vigne, Steven P.; Epstein, Michael H.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v12 n4 p399-410 Dec 2003
As the field of mental health services shifts its focus to early intervention, the need to develop valid and reliable measures of young children's behavioral functioning is clear. Traditional assessment instruments have focused on deficits, problems, and pathologies to the exclusion of strengths and competencies. However, assessing child strengths provides parents, direct service providers, and educators with a more holistic view of the child's functioning and an understanding of skills from which individualized treatment and education plans may be written. The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS; Epstein & Sharma, 1998) is a strength-based instrument designed to identify children's behavioral and emotional strengths. The psychometrics of the BERS has been demonstrated through several studies; however, the focus has mainly been on older age students. We sought to assess the convergent validity of the BERS with kindergarten children. The results of these two studies provide further support of the psychometric characteristics of the BERS and indicate its appropriateness with young children.
Descriptors: Health Services, Early Intervention, Mental Health Programs, Validity, Young Children, Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Kindergarten, Measures (Individuals), Emotional Development, Child Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale