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Social Behavior Assessment Inventory (SBAI)

(Stephens & Arnold, 1992)

The Social Behavior Assessment Inventory (SBAI) is a 136-item curriculum-based teacher rating instrument that measures the performance level of social behaviors of children in a classroom setting. Four areas of social behaviors are assessed: Environmental Behavior, Interpersonal Behaviors, Self-Related Behaviors, and Task-Related Behaviors.

Age Range: Grades K – 9th
Administration Time: 30 - 45 minutes

Discriminant analyses and stepwise multiple regression techniques were applied to teacher ratings of 184 kindergarten through eighth-grade students using Stephen's Social Behavior Assessment (SBA) inventory and were used to predict group membership as emotionalyy disabled (ED) or non-ED. The results suggested that the SBA was highly effective in correctly discriminating ED from non-ED students. The linear discriminant function derived from the 30 SBA subcategories correctly classified 83% of the subjects, yielding a highly significant separation of groups of ED and non-ED children. While the results of the discriminant analyses have not yet been cross-validated, these findings support the discriminant validity of the SBA for ED versus non-ED classification and suggest that the SBA is potentially a useful instrument for school psychologists as one source of information in a multifactored assessment regarding the identification of children as ED.
- ABSTRACT, Validity of Social Behavior Assessment in discriminating emotionally disabled from nonhandicapped studentsJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment