Social Behavior Scales
The Social Behavior Scales are a cross-informant rating system for assessing social and antisocial behavior of at-risk youth. They consist of the Social Behavior Scale (information presented below) and the School Social Behavior Scale. The Social Behavior Scales is a parallel parent report form of the School Social Behavior Scale. It includes a 32-item scale designed to measure social competence and a 33-item scale designed to measure antisocial behavior.
Number of Versions: 2 Version: Social Behavior Scales Author(s): Kenneth W. Merrell Date of Publication: 2000 Material(s) Needed for Test: Instrument Manual: Not Available Time to Administer: 10 minutes Charge for one form or kit: No
Purpose and Nature of Test
Aggression, Anti-social Population for which designed:
Age Range: 5 through 18 years old Grade Level: Kindergarten to High School Senior Method of Administration: Individual Source of Information: Parent Subtests and Scores:
Peer Relations, Self-Management/Compliance, Social Competence Total Score, Defiant,/Disruptive, Antisocial/Aggressive, Antisocial Behavior, Total Score Number of Items: 65 Type of Scale: Likert
Sample Size: 2,024 Population: Not reported by author(s). Culture/ethnicity: Caucasian, Other SES Level: Not reported by author(s).
Psychometric information: Provided for Subscales. The range of Test-Retest Value: Not assessed The range of Inter-rater reliability: Not assessed The range of Internal consistency: 0.94 to 0.98
Validity:Criterion validity was assessed and found to be acceptable.
Scoring Procedure: Manual Scoring Examiner Qualifications and Training Required: None Permission Required to Use Instrument: Yes If yes, by whom: Assessment-Intervention Resources
Original Reference(s): Merrell, K. W., & Caldarella, P. (1999). Social-behavioral assessment of at-risk early adolescent students: Psychometric characterstics and validity of a parent report form of the School Social Behavior Scales. Journal of Psychoeducational Assesment, 17 (1), 36-49. Other Reference(s): Merrell, K. W., & Crowley, S. L. (2000, August). Factor structure of the Social Behavior Scales. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Other: Previously known as the "Home and Community Social Behavior Scales" (HCSBS)
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Last updated by Violence Institute of New Jersey: February 2007