About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing, Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Subscales Aggressive with peers; Prosocial with peers; Asocial with peers; Excluded by Peers; Anxious-fearful; Hyperactive-distractible
Description This instrument requires teachers to rate children's behaviour on a 3 point scale, considering the applicability of each item to the child. It contains both original items, as well as items drawn from Rutter's Child Behaviour Questionnaire.
Example Kind toward peers
Link https://asu.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/the-child-behavior-scale-a-teacher-report-measure-of-young-childr

Implementation details

No. of items 38
Format Likert
Respondent Teacher
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 5-13
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .71-.96
Test retest After 4 months, r= [.65,.83]
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 6-factor oblique
CFA 0.910.040.04
Criterion validity All subscales, except Prosocial with Peers, were significantly negatively associated with sociometric ratings, r= [-.61,-.16]; Prosocial With Peers was significantly positively associated with sociometric ratings, r= [.37,.53]
Construct validity Subscales were significantly associated with observationally sampled classroom behaviours r= [.16,.39]
Concurrent validity Child Behavior Scale subscales were significantly correlated with similar subscales from the Child Behavior Profile- Teacher Report Form, r= [.18,.63]
Predictive validity SEM was used to predict acceptance among peers and peer victimisation. Overall model fit was: CFI > .95, RMSEA <= .07, SRMR <= .06
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Ladd, G. W., Herald-Brown, S. L., & Andrews, R. K. (2009). The Child Behavior Scale (CBS) revisited: A longitudinal evaluation of CBS subscales with children, preadolescents, and adolescents. Psychological Assessment, 21(3), 325–339. doi:10.1037/a0016205
Ladd, G., & Profilet, S. (1996). The Child Behavior Scale: A teacher-report measure of young children's aggressive, withdrawn, and prosocial behaviors. Developmental Psychology, 32(6), 1008-1024. doi:10.1037//0012-1649.32.6.1008