Behavioural Summary bs

For: Gathers information from multiple sources to provide a quick yet complete assessment of student behaviour

Reading Level:  Kindergarten through Year 12

Format:  Paper and Pencil, PC Based Software (unlimited use)

Length: Less than 20 minutes for each of 3 forms

Scoring: Hand Scored, Computer Scored


Sample Reports

Behavioral Summary Test Report


David Lachar, Ph.D.


Quick, focused and easy to use, this convenient new test draws information from three sources to give you an accurate assessment of student behaviour and adjustment problems.  It is composed of a Parent Report, a Teacher Report and a Student Report which together reveal the specific nature of student difficulties and point toward effective intervention.

The Parent and Teacher Reports may be used to evaluate students from kindergarten through Year 12.  The Student Report should be added when you are assessing children and teens in Year 4 or higher. (All three forms have a Year 4 reading level.)  Although each form is administered separately and may be used independently, it is strongly recommended that both Parent and Teacher Reports be used for younger children and that all three reports be used for students above age 9.

Parent and Student Reports

Completed in less than 15 minutes, the Parent and Student Reports are parallel in content, each composed of 96 true/false items covering 8 Adjustment Scales:

  • Impulsivity and Distractibility
  • Defiance
  • Family Problems
  • Atypical Behaviour
  • Somatic Concern
  • Emotional Problems
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Social Skill Deficits

In addition, two validity scales - Inconsistency and Exaggeration - alert you to conflicting responses and overstated problems.

Teacher Report

The Teacher Report focuses on behaviour that can be observed at school, with 11 scales addressing Academic Resources and Adjustment Problems and 3 measuring Disruptive Behaviour.

Academic Resources and Adjustment Problems:

  • Academic Performance
  • Academic Habits
  • Social Skills
  • Parent Participation
  • Health Concerns
  • Emotional Distress
  • Unusual Behaviour
  • Social Problems
  • Verbal Aggression
  • Physical Aggression
  • Behaviour Problems

Disruptive Behaviour:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
  • Oppositional Defiant
  • Conduct Problems

Completed in less than 20 minutes, the Teacher Report includes 102 items rated on a 4 to 5 point response scale. Although this response format minimises the likelihood of extreme item endorsement, the Teacher Report also includes a validity scale measuring exaggeration.

Easy Hand Scoring or Computer Scoring

Convenient AutoScore Forms for the Parent, Student,and Teacher Reports include test items, scoring instructions and profile forms.  You may hand score the forms in just 5 minutes and profile results in only a few minutes more, producing an informative visual display of the findings.  Easier still, an unlimited-use computer scoring CD gives you quick results and allows you to compare reports from various respondents, or the same respondent at two different times.

T-scores are generated for all scales. In addition, 3 Composite Scores and a Total Score are available for the Parent and Student Forms:

  • Externalising Acting out, disruptive, or non compliant behaviour
  • Internalising Internal concerns and emotional problems
  • Social Adjustment Social discomfort and conflict
  • Total Score - A general index of behavioural adjustment

These four scores are useful in documenting behaviour change across repeated administrations, for example, before and after intervention, and in research applications that require only broad measures of adjustment.

Normative data, based on a sample of more than 7,000 non-referred children (2,000+ for each form), reflect the U.S. population in regard to gender, ethnicity and parent education. A clinical sample exceeding 4,000 was used in test development and validation.

A More Efficient Way to Assess Student Behaviour

Based on decades of research and supported by ample evidence of validity, the Behavioral Summary is an excellent way to evaluate children and teens for behaviour and adjustment problems.  Because it gathers information from multiple sources, you may be confident that you are getting a complete picture of the student being assessed.  And you may quickly compare reported problems between classroom and home, across classrooms or between parents.

System Requirements:

PC with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10.  CD-ROM drive and USB port required.

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