Devereux Behavior Rating Scale School Form Kit


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The Devereux Behavior Rating Scale (DBRS™) School Form is used to detect severe emotional disturbances in students. It is based on federal criteria and can be used by educators, psychologists, guidance counselors, and other assessment professionals.

This 40-item scale is especially effective used in conjunction with other findings to monitor and evaluate progress during educational interventions, or to determine whether a seriously emotionally disturbed child or adolescent should be placed in a special education program.


  • Evaluate the existence of behaviors indicating severe emotional disturbance.
  • Get normative comparisons of behaviors.
  • Compare results across informants.
  • Assess an individual in a variety of settings.
  • Provides information for treatment planning.
  • Evaluate treatment effectiveness as a pre/post measure.


Two forms feature separate sets of items appropriate for children (5–12 years) and adolescents (13–18 years).

  • National standardization sample of more than 3,000 cases; separate norms for males and females for both parent and teacher raters.
  • Easy administration, scoring, and interpretation instructions.
  • Items and directions written at the sixth grade reading level.
  • Total Scale Score and Subscale Scores assist in eligibility determination.
  • Subscale Scores facilitate IEP development and preferred intervention design.
  • Problem Item Scores help identify specific problem behaviors for treatment.