Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Agitated Behavior Scale

  • Megan BeckerEmail author
  • Daniel N. Allen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_165




The agitated behavior scale (ABS) was designed to evaluate agitation and other problematic behaviors that commonly occur during the acute recovery phase following traumatic brain injury (Corrigan 1989). The ABS is composed of 14 items that represent a number of commonly occurring problematic behaviors such as short attention span, impulsivity, uncooperativeness, violence, and angry outbursts. Information that assists in ABS scoring is available from the author (Corrigan) and includes descriptions of item ratings and other examples. Each item on the ABS is rated on a 1–4-point scale based on the intensity or frequency of the behavior’s occurrence. Additionally, when assigning ratings, the degree to which the behavior interferes with functional behavior is also considered. If the behavior is absent, a rating of 1 is assigned. When the behavior is present, a rating of 2 or greater is assigned, with a rating of 4 indicating the presence of a behavior to an extreme...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaLas VegasUSA