Validity and reliability of the behavioral and emotional rating scale (2nd edition): Youth rating scale

Michael H. Epstein, Paul Mooney, Gail Ryser, Corey D. Pierce

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Objective: This article reports findings of three studies addressing convergent validity and test-retest reliability of the Youth Rating Scale of the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale-Second Edition (BERS-2). Method: Pearson product-moment correlations were used in all three studies, the first two addressing convergent validity and the third addressing test-retest reliability. Results: Analysis indicated that (a) the six BERS-2 subscales and overall strength index were generally highly positively correlated with the social skills composite score from the Social Skills Rating System-Student Form (Secondary Level, Grades 7 to 12), (b) the BERS-2 subscales and strength index were generally moderately negatively correlated with the Problem scales of Achenbach's Youth Self-Report, and (c) test-retest reliability coefficients over a 1-week period were all above. 80. Conclusions: Results provide evidence that the BERS-2 Youth Rating Scale has acceptable psychometric properties and may be considered for use by social work practitioners in assessment and intervention activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-367
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotional and behavioral competence
  • Strength-based assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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