Behavior Assessment System for Children
The Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC) is a coordinated system of instruments that evaluates the behaviors, thoughts, and emotions of children and adolescents. It focuses on assessing both adaptive and maladaptive behaviors. The BASC consists of 5 components: a self-report scale; a teacher rating scale; a parent rating scale; a structured developmental history; and a form for the recording and classifying of classroom observation. Information below pertains to the parent rating scale for ages 2-5. General population norms are included. This scale measures adaptive and problem behaviors in school, home and community settings.
Number of Versions: 8 Version: Parent Version (ages 2-5) Author(s): Cecil R. Reynolds, Randy W. Kamphaus Date of Publication: 1992 Material(s) Needed for Test: Instrument Manual: Available Time to Administer: 15 minutes Charge for one form or kit: Yes
Purpose and Nature of Test
Aggression, Hyperactivity, Conduct problems, Social skills Population for which designed:
Age Range: 2 through 5 years old Method of Administration: Group and Individual Source of Information: Parent Subtests and Scores:
Aggression, Anxiety, Attention Problems, Atypicality (Psychoticism), Conduct Problems, Depression, Hyperactivity, Learning Problems, Somatization, Withdrawal, Externalizing Problems Composite, Internalizing Problems Composite, School Problems Composite, Behavior Symptoms Index, Adaptibility, Leadership, Social Skills, Adaptive Skills Composite Number of Items: 130 Type of Scale: Likert
Sample Size: 309 Population: 4-5 year old children in public schools, private schools, and daycare centers in Western, Northern Central, Southern, and Northeastern U.S. Culture/ethnicity: African-American, Asian-American, Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino, Native-American, Other SES Level: Not reported by author(s).
Psychometric information: Provided for Subscales. The range of Test-Retest Value: 0.85 The range of Inter-rater reliability: 0.46 The range of Internal consistency: 0.80 to 0.90
Validity:Criterion validity was assessed and found to be acceptable.
Scoring Procedure: Manual and Computer Scoring Examiner Qualifications and Training Required: Doctoral Degree Permission Required to Use Instrument: Yes If yes, by whom: American Guidance Service
Original Reference(s): Reynolds, C. R., & Kamphaus, R. W. (1992). Behavior Assessment System for Children: Manual. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance. Other Reference(s): Sandoval, J., & Echandia, A. (1994). Behavior Assessment System for Children. Journal of School Psychology, 32 (4), 419-425.
Doyle, A., Ostrander, R., Skare, S., Crosby, R. D., & August, G. J. (1997). Convergent and criterion-related validity of the Behavior Assessment System for Children - Parent rating scale. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 26 (3), 276-284.
Other: Parent version also available in Spanish. Reviewed in the Buros Institute, Mental Measurements Yearbook. http://www.unl.edu/buros/
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Last updated by Violence Institute of New Jersey: February 2007