The Behavioral Assessment System for Children, Second Edition was written by Cecil R. Reynolds and Randy W. Kamphaus. The BASC-2 was published in 2004 by Pearson. The manual is currently priced at $102 and can be purchased online. The BASC-2 is qualified under level B. This means that it may be purchased by an individual with a master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, social work, or any field closely related to assessment and formal training it the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation. AN individual who has certification in a professional organization that requires training and experience in the area of assessment. An individual who has a degree or license to practice in the healthcare field. Lastly an individual with formal, supervised training specific to assessing children.
The BASC-2 is multidimensional because it measures numerous aspects of behavior and personality. It is designed to ease the process of diagnosing and educational classification of a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders in children. It can also be used to aid in the design of a treatment plan. The BASC-2 gives one a triangulated view of a child’s behavior. First, by examining the child’s behavior in multiple settings like home and school. Second, examining the child’s view of one’s self. Third, by providing useful information when making educational classifications or clinical diagnosis.
The BASC-2 is comprised of five components. They can be used collectively are individually. These components included: 2 rating scales (teacher rating scale and parent rating scale), self-report scale, structured developmental history form, and a form for observing in the classroom. The teacher rating scale (TRS) provides a measure of both adaptive and problem behaviors in a school setting. These scales are to be used by teachers, teachers’ aids, and preschool caregivers. The TRS is dived into three age groups: 1) preschool, 2-5 years old 2) child, 6-11 years old and 3) adolescent 12-21 years old. The TRS assesses externalizing problems, internalizing problems, and school problems. It usually takes about ten to fifteen minutes to complete. The parent rating scale (PRS) measures the same as the TRS scale just in a home setting. It also is dived into the same three age groups as the TRS; 1) preschool, 2-5 years old 2) child, 6-11 years old and 3) adolescent 12-21 years old. The PRS is written at a fourth grade level in both English and Spanish. The PRS assesses externalizing problems, internalizing problems, and activities of daily living. The self-report of personality (SRP) is a personality inventory consisting of statements that asked the respondent to answer in one of two ways: 1) true or false and 2) four point scale ranging from never to almost always. This inventory is written at a third grade level and usually takes twenty minutes to half an hour to complete. This inventory is dived into four...