Ages: 5-0 through 18-11Testing Time: 10 minutesAdministration: Individual
Designed for use in schools, mental health clinics, juvenile justice settings, and child welfare agencies, the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale- Second Edition
(BERS-2) helps to measure the personal strengths and competencies of
children ages 5-0 through 18-11. The BERS-2 is a multi-modal assessment
system that measures the child's behavior from three perspectives: the
child (Youth Rating Scale), parent (Parent Rating Scale), and teacher or
other professional (Teacher Rating Scale). The BERS-2 measures several
aspects of a child's strength: interpersonal strength, involvement with
family, intrapersonal strength, school functioning, affective strength,
and career strength.
The scale can be completed in approximately
10 minutes. Information from the BERS-2 is useful in evaluating
children for prereferral services, in placing children for specialized
services, and in measuring the outcomes of services. The BERS-2 can
identify children's individual behavior and emotional strengths and the
areas in which individual strengths need to be developed.
BERS-2 has been widely adopted by local, state, and federal agencies to
evaluate the outcomes of services, and has been used in several national
studies of children with and without disabilities.
All of the
BERS-2 scales were normed on representative samples of children without
disabilities and the BERS-2 Teacher Rating Scale was normed on children
with emotional and behavioral disorders. Demographics of the
standardization samples are reported in the manual by age, gender,
geographic location, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Separate
norms are available on the teacher rating scale for children diagnosed
with emotional and behavioral disorders.
consistency reliability of the BERS-2 subtests was established with
children without disabilities and with children who were emotionally
disturbed. Coefficients exceeded .80 for each subtest and .95 for the
overall score. Over 15 studies have confirmed the BERS's content,
construct, and criterion-related validity.
COMPLETE BERS-2 KIT INCLUDES: Examiner's
Manual, 25 Teacher Rating Scales, 25 Parent Rating Scales, 25 Youth
Rating Scales, and 50 Summary Forms, all in a sturdy storage box.