Population: Grades K-6.
Scores: Ten factor scores and four cluster scores.
Time: (5-10) minutes.
Author: Marshall Swift.
Publisher: Devereux Foundation Press.
Description: The Devereux Elementary School Behavior Rating Scale (DESB) is used primarily for screening children in regular and special education programs, or for recording progress of these children with regard to school behavior and adjustment. The scale is also used in research on incidence of specific classroom behavior problems and in research on development of social competence.
Scoring: The DESB consists of 10 factors (work organization, creative initiative/involvement, positive toward teacher, need for direction in work, socially withdrawn, failure anxiety, impatience, irrelevant thinking/talking, blaming, negative-aggressive) that result in their respective scores. There are four cluster scores: perseverance, peer cooperation, confusion, and inattention.
Reliability: The manual reports test-retest reliabilities over a 1 week ranging from .89 to .91, the median being .87.
Validity: The manual does not include any information on validity.
Norms: Normative DESB data were obtained from 13 elementary schools in a consolidated small city public school system. Thirty-two kindergarten through sixth grade teaches made ratings of the behaviors of 809 children. The sample was representative of the Unite States population.
Suggested Uses: Recommended uses include screening in an educational setting.