In addition to evaluation of intelligence and achievement, assessment of emotional status and behavioral functioning is critical in the evaluation of school problems. Questionnaires, rating scales, and behavioral checklists are very useful in meeting this need in clinical pediatrics.1 Information about the child’s behavior at home and in school is essential in the diagnostic formulation. Rating scales are better than teacher interviews or classroom observations because of reduced time requirements, better organization of data, better cost efficiency, and the opportunity to compare children from a norm-based perspective.2 Rating scales also add information not routinely observable in an office setting. However, a survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that only 45% of the respondents in general pediatric practice routinely used questionnaires.3


Child Behavior Checklist Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory Serious Emotional Disturbance Behavior Rating Scale Teacher Report Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen P. Aylward
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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