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Devereux Behavior Rating Scale--School Form (BRSS)

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Category Mental Health Instruments: Behavior Rating 
Key Areas Measured
Severe emotional disturbances (brief screening) 
Children and adolescents 
Age Range
5-12; 13-18 
Juvenile Justice Population
The BRSS is a brief screening tool that helps determine which of the student's behaviors fall within the normal range and which students might be experiencing a severe emotional disturbance. It is especially effective as brief measure of serious emotional or behavioral disturbance. It is sometimes referred to as the "Devereux Elementary School Behavior Rating Scale". The DABS was replaced by two new forms: DSMD and the school form (this instrument). 
The BRSS is composed of 40 items rated on a scale of 0 to 4 (0 = Never, 1 = Rarely, 2 = occasionally, 3 = Frequently, 4 = Very Frequently). Each item begins with the stem "During the past 4 weeks, how often did the child . . . " and ends with a statement that reflects a type of behavior observed by the rater. Examples of behaviors are "tease or bully others" and "initiate or pick fights." These items were selected according to the federal definition of Severe Emotional Disturbance (PL 94-142) and are grouped into four, 10-item subscales representing each of the four behavioral dimensions in the Federal definition: Interpersonal Problems, Inappropriate Behaviors/Feelings, Depression, and Physical Symptoms/Fears. Raw scores for each of these subscales yield a standard score set at a mean of 10 and standard deviation of 3. The sum of the 40 items is used to obtain a Total Test standard score that is set at a mean of 100 and standard deviation of 15.  
Number of Items
40 items 
Time to Administer
5 minutes 
Commercially available 
Original Reference/Citation
Naglieri, J.A., LeBuffe, E.A., and Pfeiffer, S.I. 1993. Devereux Behavior Rating Scale-School Form. San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation. 
Norms Available
Norms available 
Norming/Development Population
Standardization sample of 3,153 children and adolescents, aged 5-18 years, was representative of the U.S. population in terms of age, gender, geographic region, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, community size, and educational placement. 
Gender-Based Development
Separate norms available by gender 
Gender-Based Analysis
No additional information found related to gender-based analysis 
Gender Performance Finding

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