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Behavior Assessment System for Children

  1. Cecil R. Reynolds

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0114

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Reynolds, C. R. 2010. Behavior Assessment System for Children. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Texas A&M University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC–2; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004) is a multimethod, multidimensional system used to evaluate the behavior and self-perceptions of children, adolescents, and young adults aged 2 through 25 years. The BASC–2 is multimethod in that it has the following components, which may be used individually or in any combination: (1) two rating scales, one for teachers (Teacher Rating Scales, or TRS) and one for parents (Parent Rating Scales, or PRS), which gather descriptions of the child's observable behavior, each divided into age-appropriate forms; (2) a self-report scale (Self-Report of Personality, or SRP), on which the child or young adult can describe his or her emotions and self-perceptions; (3) a Structured Developmental History (SDH) form; (4) a form for recording and classifying directly observed classroom behavior (Student Observation System, or SOS), which is also available for PDA applications as an electronic version known as the BASC–2 POP or Portable Observation Program; and (5) a self-report for parents of children ages 2–18 years, designed to capture a parent's perspective on the parent-child relationship in such domains as communication, disciplinary styles, attachment, involvement, and others.


  • diagnosis;
  • behavior;
  • behavioral assessment;
  • psychopathology