The Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale: A Strength-Based Approach to Assessment

Michael H. Epstein

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Assessment of children referred to and receiving special education services is based on a deficit model. Recently, questions about a deficit-driven assessment model have led to calls for alternative approaches. A strength-based approach to assessment focuses on the strengths, resources, and competencies of a child and family. The purpose of this article is twofold: (a) to provide an overview of strength-based assessment and (b) to discuss the development and psychometric characteristics of the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS). The BERS is a norm-referenced, standardized test that assesses the strengths of children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalAssessment for Effective Intervention
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)


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