EMOTIONAL OR BEHAVIOR
DISORDER SCALE - REVISED
by Stephen B. McCarney, Ed.D. &
Tamara J. Arthaud, Ph.D.
The Emotional or Behavior Disorder Scale - Revised (EBDS-R) contributes to the early identification and service delivery for students with an emotional or behavior disorder. It is based on the National Mental Health and Special Education Coalition definition of emotional or behavioral disorder and the theoretical construct of the federal definition (IDEA).
The EBDS-R: Behavioral Component assesses three areas identified in the definition: Academic Progress, Social Relationships, and Personal Adjustment.
The EBDS-R: Vocational Component assesses the fourth area identified in the definition: Work Related, Interpersonal Relations, and Social/Community Expectations.
For schools and institutional settings, the EBDS-R provides the criteria by which identification of emotional or behavior disorders is now being made. Internal consistency, test-retest and inter-rater reliability; item and factor analysis; and content, criterion-related, diagnostic, and construct validity are documented and reported for the scale.
Characteristics and Components of the EBDS-R
The EBDS-R is based on the federal definition of emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered (IDEA) and the most recent definition of the National Mental Health and Special Education Coalition.
The EBDS-R: Behavioral Component was standardized on a total of 4,308 students, ages 5 through 18 years of age.
The EBDS-R: Vocational Component was standardized on a total of 2,623 students, ages 12 through 18 years of age.
Factor analysis confirmed the six EBDS-R subscales.
Standard scores, quotients, and percentiles are provided by age and gender.
Demographic characteristics of the standardization sample represented national percentages of gender, residence, race, geographic area, and occupation of parents.
The rating form contains two sections. The Behavioral Component contains 64 items and the Vocational Component contains 54 items. All items are easily observed and documented by educational personnel.
The EBDS-R Quick Score computer program converts raw scores to standard scores and percentiles which makes scoring efficient and convenient.
The Emotional or Behavior Disorder Intervention Manual includes IEP goals, objectives, and interventions for all 118 items on the scale.
The Emotional or Behavior Disorder Intervention Manual (407 pages, © 2003) provides IEP goals and objectives, as well as interventions for each specific behavior problem identified by the EBDS-R. By utilizing the Emotional or Behavior Disorder Intervention Manual; assessment, psychology, mental health, and education professionals can plan and evaluate the most effective program for student improvement.
Multi-site licenses are available for intervention manual programs for $150.00 per license after the full purchase price of one program. The license grants the user the right to install the program at three sites (i.e., three computers). A link for the Multi-site license will be available from the shopping cart after the Intervention Manual CD has been added.