About the Measure

Domains Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Interpersonal strengths; Family involvement; Intrapersonal strengths; School functioning; Affective strengths; Career strengths
Description The BERS-2 YRS measures the personal strengths and competencies of children from the child's perspective.
Example I use anger management skills
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Implementation details

No. of items 57
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 10
Age 11-18
Cost single purchase $69.00
Cost per child $1.48

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .79-.88
Test retest 6 weeks, r= [.84-.98]; 6 months, r= [.53-.79]
Inter-rater reliability Parent and youth scales, r= [.50,.63]
EFA Not reported
CFA CFI= .995
TLI= .98
NFI= .993
Criterion validity Significant relationships with youth Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), r= [.32-.73]
Construct validity Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), r= .71; Youth Self Report (YSR), r= -.40
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Buckley, J. A., & Epstein, M. H. (2004). The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale-2 (BERS-2): Providing a comprehensive approach to strength-based assessment. The California School Psychologist, 9(1), 21–27. doi:10.1007/bf03340904
Epstein, M. H. Bers-2 Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale Second Edition Examiner's Manual. Austin, Texas: Proed.
Epstein, M. H. (2004). Validity and reliability of the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (2nd Edition): Youth Rating Scale. Research on Social Work Practice, 14(5), 358–367. doi:10.1177/1049731504265832