|Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale
Given the increasing acceptability of a strength-based approach and the need to develop standardized procedures to assessing strengths, the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale: A Strength Based Approach to Assessment (Epstein & Sharma, 1998) was designed to measure the emotional and behavioral strengths of children and adolescents. The 52 items in the BERS assesses five areas of childhood strength: Interpersonal Strength, Family Involvement, Intrapersonal Strength, School Functioning, and Affective Strengths. The first area, Interpersonal Strength has 14 items (e.g., accepts criticism, accepts responsibility for own actions) that assess a childs ability to interact with others in social situations. Family Involvement includes 10 items (e.g., trusts a significant person in his or her life, participates in family activities) that measure a childs relationship with or commitment to his or her family. Intrapersonal Strength has 11 items (e.g., talks about the positive aspects of life, identifies personal strength) that focus in a general way on how a child perceives his or her own functioning. School Functioning includes 9 items (e.g., completes school tasks on time, attends school regularly) that assess a childs performance and competence in school. Affective Strength includes 7 items (e.g., shows concern for the feelings of others, expresses affection for others) that measure a childs ability to give affection to and receive affection from others.
The BERS may be completed by any adult familiar with the child. Adults are asked to rate each item on a four point scale (0=not at all like the child; 1=not like the child; 2=like the child; 3=very much like the child). Eight open-ended questions (e.g., Who is this childs best friend?, What are the childs favorite hobbies or activities?) are also included to gather specific information on a childs competencies, interests, preferences, and resources.Next Section
Back to Online Expert Main Page
Go to Online Discussion