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Type of Measure: The Child’s Challenging Behavior Scale is a tool that measure’s a mother’s rating of her school aged child’s behaviors that are challenging. The scale assists professionals in identifying family situations who may be in need of more support and interventions. The scale contains eleven items in the form of statements (1= strongly agree, 2= agree, 3= neither agree or disagree, 4= disagree, 5= strongly disagree).

Target Population: Mothers with school aged children with disabilities, aged 5 to 18 years old

Measurement properties and previous use: Psychometric evaluation of the tool was conducted using a sample of Victorian mothers with school aged children with disabilities (N=152). The Cronbach alpha was found to be 0.89, indicating excellent internal consistency. Additionally, after running tests of normality, the scale was found to be normally distributed with a mean score of 34.4 and standard deviation of 9.3 (range: 11 to 54). Bourke-Taylor, H. M., Howie, L., & Law, M., 2010.

Languages: English

Authors and Citation: Bourke-Taylor, H. M., Howie, L., & Law, M. (2010). Impact of caring for a school aged child with a disability: Understanding mothers’ perspectives. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(2), 127-136.

Bourke-Taylor, H. M., Law, M., Howie, L., & Pallant, J. F. (2010). Development of the Child’s Challenging Behaviour Scale (CCBS) for mothers of school aged children with disabilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36(4), 491-498.

Licence: From the tool. “The actual scale items and scoring response items are provided. Professionals are invited to use the CCBS freely. However, this scale must not be altered in any way during administration or scoring. The authors request forwarding of any feedback or details about the use of this scale to the first author:”

Link to measure: : Child’s Challenging Behavior Scale (CCBS): click on link on right side of page

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