Perception of Problem Behavior scale

The Perception of Problem Behavior Scale (PPBS) is a self-report measure designed to assess an individuals perception of their own problem behavior. It is a 15-item questionnaire that assesses the subjective experience of problem behavior, such as impulsivity, aggression, and disruptive behavior. The PPBS is composed of three subscales: Self-Perception of Problem Behavior, Perceived Social Acceptance, and Perceived Social Impact. The Self-Perception of Problem Behavior scale measures an individuals perception of their own problem behavior. It assesses how an individual perceives their own behavior, as well as how they think others perceive their behavior. This subscale also assesses how an individual perceives the consequences of their behavior. The Perceived Social Acceptance scale measures an individuals perception of how accepted they feel by their peers and family. It assesses how an individual perceives the level of acceptance and support they receive from those around them. The Perceived Social Impact scale measures an individuals perception of how their behavior affects those around them. It assesses how an individual perceives the impact of their behavior on their peers, family, and other people in their life. The PPBS has been found to be a reliable and valid measure of an individuals perception of their own problem behavior. It is an effective tool for assessing an individuals subjective experience of their own problem behavior and can be used to inform treatment and intervention plans.
Is it all right for you …
1. To miss school if you are not sick?
2. To keep things that you find in the street?
3. To yell and argue to solve a conflict?
4. To carry matches or a lighter with you?
5. To choose your own friends‚ even if your parents don’t like them?
6. To take a drink of alcohol?
7. To not tell your parents what you are doing?
8. To drive a car on your own before age 16?
9. To fight kids who call you names?
10. To have friends your parents do not approve of?
11. To smoke?
12. To take something from people who would not miss it?
13. To experiment with drugs?
14. To steal under certain circumstances?
15. To get into fist fights with your friends?
16. To tell a little lie?
17. To rebel against your parents?
18. To use your fists to resolve a conflict?
 
These items measure willingness to engage in problem behavior.
 
This tool touches on the following keywords:
 
This instrument can be found on pages 120-121 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf
Male students initially in grades 1‚ 4 and 7 in 1987 or 1988‚ and followed into adulthood.
 
Pencil and paper self-report. Point values for most of the items in this scale are assigned as follows: Yes = 1; No = 0. A maximum score of 18 indicates greater willingness to engage in problem behavior.
 
 

Loeber R‚ Farrington DP‚ Stouthamer-Loeber M‚Van Kammen WB. Antisocial behavior and mental health problems: explanatory factors in childhood and adolescence. Mahwah‚ NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates‚ 1998..