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Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale, Second Edition

Michael H. Epstein, EdD

Measures a child's strengths and competencies
Paper and pencil
Age range:
5 years to 18 years, 11 months
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

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The BERS-2 measures the personal strengths and competencies of children from three perspectives: self, parent, and teacher.

Features and benefits

  • Examines the child’s interpersonal strengths, functioning in and at school, affective strength, intrapersonal strength, family involvement, and career strength.
  • Designed to be used in school settings, mental health clinics, juvenile justice settings, and child welfare agencies, the BERS-2 can be used to identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses for intervention, target goals for IEPs and/or treatment plans, document progress, and help collect data for research purposes.
  • Four sets of normative data are provided—two for the teacher report (one for children with emotional and behavioral disorders; one for children without emotional and behavioral disorders), and one set each for the self and parent reports.
  • Test-retest reliability was excellent for all three forms; content validity, criterion validity, and construct validity all were examined and provide evidence that the BERS-2 is a valid measure of behavioral and emotional strengths.