Child Behavior Scale- teacher rating

 Restless. Runs about or jumps up and down. Doesn’t keep still
2.    Squirmy‚ fidgety child.
3.    Destroys own or others property.
4.    Fights with other children.
5.    Not much liked by other children.
6.    Is worried. Worries about many things.
7.    Irritable; quick to “fly off the handle.”
8.    Appears miserable‚ unhappy‚ tearful‚ or distressed.
9.    Has twitches‚ mannerisms‚ or tics of the face and body.
10.Is disobedient.
11.Has poor concentration or short attention span.
12.Tends to be fearful or afraid of new things or new situations.
13.Fussy or over-particular.
14.Tells lies.
15.Has speech difficulty.
16.Bullies other children.
18.Doesn’t share toys.
19.Cries easily.
20.Blames others.
21.Gives up easily. 1 2
22.Inconsiderate of others.
23.Kicks‚ bites‚ or hits other children.
24.Stares into space.
25.Prefers to play alone.
26.Helps other children.
27.Peers refuse to let this child play with them.
28.Shows a recognition of the feelings of others; is empathetic.
29.Tends to react to other children’s distress by teasing them or making things worse.
30.Not chosen as a playmate by peers.
31.Likes to be alone.
32.Keeps peers at a distance.
33.Peers avoid this child.
34.Seems concerned when other children are distressed.
35.Aggressive child.
36.Taunts and teases other children.
37.Often unoccupied.
38.Threatens other children.
39.Takes turns with play materials.
40.Kind toward peers.
41.Can be trusted‚ is dependable.
42.Listens to classmates.
43.Excluded from peers’ activities.
44.Compromises in conflict with peers.
45.Is ignored by peers.
46.Cooperative with peers.
47.Loses temper easily in conflict with others.
48.Argues with peers.
49.Friendly toward other children.
50.Annoys or irritates other children.
51.Solitary child.
52.Disrupts peers’ activities.
53.Shows concern for moral issues (e.g. fairness‚ welfare of others).
54.Ridiculed by peers.
55.Avoids peers.
56.Offers help or comfort when other children are upset.
57.Withdraws from peer activities.
58.Will continue to bother or hurt other children even when they are clearly upset.
59.Bossy toward peers.
Reliability: Alpha reliabilities for these subscales range from .86 to .90‚ Inter-rater reliabilities have been in the .81 – .88 range. Test-retest scores have ranged from .54-.83  
Description: This scale contains subscales for aggression‚ antisocial behavior‚ hyperactive behaviors‚ exclusion by peers‚ prosocial behaviors‚ anxious andfearful behaviors. These scales measure behaviors that are considered‚ withthe exception of the prosocial behavior scale‚ to be risk behaviors for young children.
  • Aggressive with peers
  • Anti-social with peers
  • Anxious-fearful
  • Hyper active-distractible
This instrument can be found on page 129-131 of Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook‚ available online at:
4-6 (Grades k-1).
1= Doesn’t apply 2= Applies sometimes 3= Certainly applies
Teachers rate the youth on the various behaviors. Response choices range from 1= Doesn’t apply to 3= Certainly applies. Scores are cr‎eated by averaging the item scores on each subscale. First sum the scores on the subscale items and then divide by number of items in that subscale. Higher scores indicate more of the behavior.
Subscale: Subscale items:
Aggressive with peers (4‚16‚23‚35‚36‚38‚48)
Anti social with peers (25‚31‚32‚51‚55‚57)
Excluded by peers (5‚27‚30‚33‚43‚45‚54)
Anxious-fearful (6‚8‚12‚19)
Prosocial behavior (26‚28‚34‚40‚46‚53‚56)
Hyper active-distractible (1‚2‚11‚17)
Note: Only 35 of the 59 items are accounted for in the subscales listed above. The remaining items are filler items developed by the authors so that teachers completing the scale would be less able to decipher what constructs were being measured.
Permission: Not needed for use of this scale.

Ladd‚ G. W.‚ & Profilet‚ S. M. (1996). The child behavior scale: a teacher-report measure of young children’s aggressive‚ withdrawn & prosocial behaviors. Developmental Psychology‚ 32‚ (6)‚ 1008-1024.