About the Measure

Domains Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales 2 scales in both SSBS2 and HCSBS: Social competence; Antisocial behaviourIn SSBS2, Social competence scale comprises: Peer relation; Self-management/Compliance; Academic behaviour
Description Behaviour rating instrument designed for use by teachers and other school personnel in evaluating social and antisocial behaviour of children. It provides comprehensive ratings of both social skills and antisocial problem behaviours of children and adolescents in school settings.
Example Cooperates with other students'
Link http://www.eurospanbookstore.com/school-social-behavior-scales-user-s-guide.html#horizontalTab2

Implementation details

No. of items 64
Format Likert
Respondent Multiple
Scoring Complex
Time 10
Age 4-18
Cost single purchase Scales: £43.50,
Cost per child -

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .94-.98
Test retest After 1 week, r= [.86,.94]; After 3 weeks, r= [.60,.83]
Inter-rater reliability Special needs teachers and classroom aides [.53-.86]
EFA 3 factors explai
CFA Chi-Square= 805.28
GFI= .93
AGFI= .87
RMR= .03
Antisocial Behaviour: Chi-Square= 418.32
df= 26
GFI= .96
AGFI= .92
RMR= .015
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity SSBS-2: significant negative correlations with Waksman Social Skills Rating Scales (WSSRS) for Social Competence, and significant positive correlations with Antisocial Behavior and the WSSRS.
Predictive validity HCSBS and SSBS2 show strong sensitivity to identifying and differentiating between typical youths and those with emotional-behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, and various other indicators of at-risk status.
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Hill, D. K., & Merrell, K. W. (2004). Characteristics of controversial children: An exploration of teacher and parent social behavior rating scale datasets. Psychology in the Schools, 41(5), 497-507. doi:10.1002/pits.10175
Merrell, K. W. (2008). School social behavior scales user's guide. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.