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Disruptive Behavior Disorders Rating Scale

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Disruptive Behavior Disorders Rating Scale
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The Disruptive Behavior Disorders Rating Scale (DBDRS) is a 45-question screening measure, completed by either parents or teachers, designed to identify symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder in children and adolescents.

This questionnaire was developed by Pelham and colleagues in 1992[1] and inspired other widely used questionnaires, including the SNAP-IV (Swanson, Nolan and Pelham Teacher and Parent Rating Scale) and the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale (Wolraich et al., 2003). The DBDRS is freely available online.

For each question, the respondent is asked to indicate the degree to which a statement describes the child's behavior. Response options include “not at all", "just a little", "pretty much", and "very much". For any question they do not know the answer to, respondents are asked to write "DK" for "don't know". The behavioral rating scale takes 5–10 minutes to complete and is designed for use with children ages 5 and up. The scores of the scale have been shown to be reliable and valid across multiple different study samples.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Pelham, Jr., W. E.; Gnagy, E. M.; Greenslade, K. M.; Milich, R. (1992). "Teacher ratings of DSM-III-R symptoms for the disruptive behavior disorders". Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 31 (2): 210–218. doi:10.1097/00004583-199203000-00006. PMID 1564021.
  2. ^ Fosco, W. D.; Babinski, D. E.; Waschbusch, D. A. (2023). "The Disruptive Behavior Rating Scale: Updated factor structure, measurement invariance, and national caregiver norms". Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 43 (5): 468–478. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsad006. PMID 36881692.
  3. ^ Pillow, D. R.; Pelham, W. E.; Hoza, B.; Molina, B. S. G.; Stultz, C. H. (1998). "Confirmatory factor analyses examining attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and other childhood disruptive behaviors". Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 26 (4): 293–309. doi:10.1023/a:1022658618368. PMID 9700521. S2CID 25259073.


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