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Pediatric Behavior Rating Scale

Richard M. Marshall, PhD, and Berney J. Wilkinson, PhD

Assists in the identification of symptoms associated with early onset bipolar disorder
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual, Download
Age range:
3 years to 18 years
15-20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

A white paper on identifying emotional disturbance using PAR products, including the PBRS, is now available. Click the Resources tab above or here to view or download.

The PBRS is a standardized, norm-referenced parent and teacher rating scale that assists you in identifying comorbid disorders as well as in differentiating disorders that have symptoms and behavioral characteristics that are similar to those of early onset bipolar disorder.

Parent and teacher responses provide setting-specific information

  • Multi-informant approach allows you to evaluate a child’s or an adolescent’s symptoms and behavioral characteristics both at home and at school, helping you determine if a child displays a higher rate of mood instability and aggression in one environment.
  • Items address elements that are unique to early onset bipolar disorder, including mood swings, chronic irritability, grandiosity, explosive outbursts, and emotional meltdowns, and aids in identifying symptoms that can help you make a differential diagnosis.
  • Used in educational settings, the PBRS provides educators with a more complete picture of the child’s symptom complex so that they can work with parents and other professionals to better determine the importance of these symptoms and to structure activities in the classroom.
  • Normative sample was composed of 541 parents and 610 teachers of children ages 3-18 years and was well-matched to the U.S. population for age and gender. Data were also collected on a combined clinical sample of 224 parents and 194 teachers of children who had been diagnosed with one or more of the following: bipolar disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder.

Scoring program available

The PBRS-SP provides users with unlimited scoring and report generation for Parent and Teacher Response Booklets. The PBRS-SP generates a Score Report that includes a critical items table, which allows you to quickly determine areas that require follow-up evaluation.