by Herbert C. Quay, PhD and Donald R. Peterson, PhD
Qualification Level: A (Psychologist)
Purpose: Rate problem behaviours in children and adolescents
Age: 5 - 18yrs
Time: 20 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score and profile
The RBPC is used to rate problem behaviors observed in adolescents and young children ages 5-18 years. The six RBPC subscales measure Conduct Disorder, Socialised Aggression, Attention Problems-Immaturity, Anxiety-Withdrawal, Psychotic Behaviour, and Motor Tension-Excess.
The RBPC has been used for a wide variety of purposes:
- To screen for behavioural disorders in schools
- As an aid in clinical diagnosis
- To measure behavioural change associated with psychological or pharmacological interventions
- As part of a battery to classify juvenile offenders
- To select subjects for research on behavioural disorders in children and adolescents
Overview of the RBPC Scales
- Conduct Disorder (CD/22)--Items focus on behaviour alproblems of physical aggression, difficulty controlling anger, and open disobedience, defiance, and oppositionality.
- Socialised Aggression (SA/17)--Items tap behaviours associated with adolescent conduct disorder. Items focus on the commission of conduct-disordered behaviors in the company of others, including stealing and substance use in the company of others, truancy from school, gang membership, stealing, and lying.
- Attention Problems-Immaturity (AP/16)--Items focus on symptoms associated with ADD, including short attention span, diminished concentration, distractibility, and impulsivity, as well as the social and interpersonal correlates of ADD, including passivity, undependability, and childishness.
- Anxiety-Withdrawal (AW/11)--Items measure the behavioural components of internalising disorders, including poor self-confidence and self-esteem, hypersensitivity to criticism and rejection, generalised fearfulness and anxiety, and reluctance to try new behaviours because of fear of failure.
- Psychotic Behaviour (PB/6)--Items tap psychotic symptoms, including speech disturbance, bizarre ideation, delusions, and impaired reality testing.
- Motor Tension-Excess (ME/5)--Items focus on motoric symptoms of overactivity, including restlessness, tension, and "jumpiness."
Administration and Scoring
Administration and scoring are straightforward. Raters respond to the 89 items on the top page of the carbonless Test Booklet. Responses transfer to the bottom sheet, which contains scoring instructions and a scoring key. The RBPC Profile Sheet is used to record the obtained raw and T scores and to plot the pattern of the test results.
The Professional Manual contains information on the development of the RBPC, psychometric properties, additional reliability and validity studies, and tables for converting raw scores to T scores. Norms based on teacher ratings are provided for Kindergarten to Year 13. Mean internal consistency reliabilities range from .73-.94 for the six subscales. Interrater reliabilities, based on teacher ratings, range from .52-.85.
The Rating Form is designed for use in conjunction with other measures (e.g., intelligence and achievement tests, behaviour observations, and interviews) as part of an overall assessment of the individual. The Rating Form can be completed by a parent, teacher, or other observer in about 20 minutes. Scoring and profiling take about 10 minutes.