School Social Behavior Scale- 2 (SSBS-2)
|General Information on the Measure|
|Purpose of the measure||
The School Social Behavior Scale- 2 (SSBS-2) is a screening instrument that can be used to evaluate students social and emotional behaviors, identify children with challenges, and plan targeted classroom interventions.
|Main constructs measured||
Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies
|Applicable grade levels||
|Publication year for the most recent version||
|Year originally developed||
|Method of administration||
|Number of items||
Five-point Likert-type scale
|Fee for use||Fee charged by developer|
|Credentials required for administration||
The assessment should be scored and interpreted by a psychologist, social worker, counselor, or SLP.
|Overall score reporting||
There are two overall scores reported:
There are six subscores:
The measure is self-scored.
The measure is standardized and norm-referenced. The norming sample included children from diverse backgrounds and children with a wide range of disabilities.
|Evidence of Technical Quality|
|Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected||
Evidence is based on teacher ratings of 1,858 students in grades K-12 from 22 different public school districts across the United States.
Internal consistency was estimated for the overall scales (0.98) and the six subscales (ranged from 0.94 to 0.96). Test-retest reliability was estimated over a three-week interval, and estimates ranged from 0.60 to 0.82. Inter-rater reliability was estimated by correlating teacher ratings with classroom aide ratings (0.53-0.83) (Merrell, 1993).
|Locating the Measure|
|Obtaining a copy of the measure||brookespublishing.com|
Merrell, K. W. , "School social behavior scales user's guide," Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2008.
Conners, C K. , "Manual for the Conners rating scales ," Toronto: Multi-Health Systems, Inc. , 1990.
Waksman, S. A. , "The Waksman social skills rating scale," Portland, OR: ASIEP Education Co. 1985.
Walker, H. M., & McConnell, S. R. , "The Walker-McConnell scale of social competence and school adjustment," Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, 1988.
Merrell, K. W. , "Using behavioral rating scales to assess social skills and antisocial behavior in school settings: Development of the School Social Behavior Scales," School Psychology Review, 1993.
Merrell, K. W. , "The utility of the School Social Behavior Scales in differentiating students with behavioral disorders from other handicapped students," Severe Behavior Disorders of Children? and Youth, 15, 1992, pp. 27–34.
Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.