Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale-Student Form (BERS-2)
|General Information on the Measure|
|Purpose of the measure||
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.
|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||57|
Four-point Likert-type scale
|Fee for use||Fee charged by developer|
|Credentials required for administration||
|Overall score reporting||
An overall strength quotient is available.
There are six subscales:
A scoring manual and software are provided by the assessment developers.
Scores are norm-referenced and based on a nationally representative sample of students.
|Evidence of Technical Quality|
|Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected||
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Subscale internal consistency estimates ranged from 0.79 to 0.88. Test-retest coefficients (across six weeks) ranged from 0.84 to 0.98.
|Locating the Measure|
|Obtaining a copy of the measure||proedinc.com|
Buckley, J. A., & Epstein, M. H. "The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale-2 (BERS-2): Providing a comprehensive approach to strength-based assessment," The California School Psychologist, 9, 1, 2004, pp. 21–27.
Epstein, M. H. , "Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale: A Strength-Based Approach to Assessment: Examiner's Manual," Pro-Ed, 2004.
Buckley, J. A., Ryser, G., Reid, R., & Epstein, M. H. , "Confirmatory factor analysis of the behavioral and emotional rating scale–2 (BERS-2) parent and youth rating scales," Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15, 1, 2006, pp. 27–37.
Liao, Q., Holden, E. W., & Epstein, M. H. , "Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS)," In C. Newman, C. Liberton, K. Kutash, & R. M. Friedman (Eds.), The 15th annual research conference proceedings, a system of care for children’s mental health: Expanding the research base, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, 2002, pp. 467–.
Reid, R., Epstein, M. H., Pastor, D. A., & Ryser, G. R. , "Strengths-based assessment differences across students with LD and EBD," Remedial and Special Education, 21, 6, 2000, pp. 346–355.
Walker, H. M., & Severson, H. H. "Systematic screening for behavior disorders (SSBD)," 1140 Boston Ave., Longmont, CO 80501: Sopris West, 1992.
Epstein, M. H., & Cullinan, D. , "Scale for assessing emotional disturbance," Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, 1998.
Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.