Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Behavior Rating Scales
Behavior rating scales are one of the oldest assessment tools used in mental health, education, and research. These scales typically assess problem behaviors, social skills, and emotional functioning; are widely employed in the assessment of personality development, adaptive behavior, and social-emotional functioning; and aid in diagnostic decision making and in planning treatment and education. These well-proven scales are easy to administer, score, and interpret and have become an integral part of the clinical and school assessment of children and adolescents. A variety of behavior rating scales are available for use in clinical practice and research. The majority of behavior rating scales are intended for use with children, though a handful can be used with adults. The use of behavior rating scales in the evaluation of adult clients is gaining popularity. There are a number of advantages of using behavior rating scales: They quantify and systematically organize client information, administration and ...