Disruptive Behavior Rating Scale (DBRS)|
Author: Bradley T. Erford
Emotional, Behavior, Special Needs:
Ages: 5 through 10 years
DBRS-1 includes DBRS-2 through DBRS-7
A brief and very effective 50 item inventory, the DBRS identifies common behavior problems such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, oppositional disorders, and anti-social conduct problems. Unlike other rating scales, the wording of the teacher and parent versions is nearly identical, allowing legitimate comparisons between their responses. Scale items were specifically written to allow direct teacher transfer to behavior-modification plans, IEPs or 504 plans. DBRS facilitates decisions for student placement, especially with regard to least restrictive instructional settings. Special educators, psychologists, Chapter I staff, and professionals/paraprofessionals, who are under pressure not to remove students from instructional settings, will avoid student pull-out dilemmas using the DBRS.
The DBRS provides separate norms for teacher, mother, and father responses. Normative data was obtained from teachers of 1,766 children, mothers of 1,399 children and fathers of 1,252 children for boys and girls 5-10 years of age. Internal consistency and test-retest reliabilities are generally in the high .80s to mid .90s. Normative data converts to raw scores yielding T-scores, percentile ranks, as well as standard error of measurement and critical item determination. An easy to use computer software aids in scoring and quickly calculates a summary statistics table, T-scores, percentile ranks, interpretation ranges, and will also identify critical items of importance.
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