Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology

The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form (NCBRF)

 

Introduction & Development

The NCBRF is a standardized instrument for assessing child and adolescent behavior. Two "levels" of the NCBRF [one for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and one for normally developing children] are available.The first form is simply called the NCBRF (developed in 1996), which was derived for children with developmental disabilities, namely those with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorders. There are two versions of the NCBRF, one for completion by parents and one for teacher ratings. These are similar to one another, but the scoring systems differ slightly.

The following scientific publications describe the NCBRF's development:

Aman, M. G., Tassé, M. J., Rojahn, J., & Hammer, D. (1996). The Nisonger CBRF: A Child Behavior Rating Form for children with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 17, 41-57.

Tassé, M. J., Aman, M. G., Hammer, D., & Rojahn, J. (1996). The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form: Age and gender effects and norms. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 17, 59-75.

Recently, we also developed an extension of the scale called the NCBRF-TIQ (Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form-Typical IQ Version. There is only one version of this, a parent form. We are happy to share the scientific details of how this latest version was developed. Professionals are invited to contact Michael Aman at aman.1@osu.edu. The NCBRF-TIQ is in press with International Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Please note that a preliminary scoring system appeared on this site prior to January 2008. That scoring system is no longer correct and should be replaced with the one that appears here.

To avoid confusion, both the rating scales and the score sheets should be photocopied onto colored paper: light blue for the NCBRF parent version and its score sheet, light pink for the NCBRF Teacher version and its score sheet, and yellow for the NCBRF-TIQ (parent version) and its score sheet. (Each version has its own scoring system, so it is important not to mix up the score sheets.)

Professionals working in the mental health field are welcome to copy and use the NCBRF for clinical and research purposes. This includes physicians, licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed counselors, and individuals working under the direct supervision of such professionals. Non-professionals are urged not to make copies of these instruments.

We also ask that all individuals who work with the NCBRF scales abide by the understandings outlined in the "Agreement" document, which also appears on this web page.

If professionals have questions about the NCBRF scales, please contact: Michael Aman, Ph.D., phone 614-688-4196; e-mail aman.1@osu.edu


User Agreement and Instructions

We are happy to provide copies of the Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form (NCBRF) to clinicians and researchers. However, in return, we ask that users of the scale abide by the following simple guidelines.

1. Please do not alter the appearance, wording, or scoring system without prior agreement of the developers, Michael Aman (aman.1@osu.edu) or Marc J. Tassé (marc.tasse@osumc.edu).

2. There are three versions of the NCBRF. Two of these (a parent and a teacher version) are known simply as "The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form." Both of these are for rating children with intellectual disability, borderline intelligence, or developmental disabilities (IDD). The scoring systems differ slightly between the parent and teacher versions.

The third version is called the Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form-TIQ (Typical IQ Version). The NCBRFC-TIQ version is for rating children of normal developmental ability. We developed it by removing certain items that occur in children with developmental disabilities but which rarely occur in typically-developing children (e.g., self injury and stereotypic behaviors). Unlike the IDD versions, there is currently only one version of the NCBRFC-TIQ. This is for parent ratings. At this stage, there is no established method for scoring teacher ratings for typically-developing children, although we hope to develop such a scoring system at some stage.

3. For consistency world-wide, we ask that all users employ colored paper to differentiate the three versions of the NCBRF and prevent confusion of score sheets.

a) The NCBRF Parent version and its score sheet should be copied onto blue paper.

b) The NCBRF Teacher version and its score sheet should be copied onto pink paper. This is very important, because the scoring systems differ slightly between parent and teacher versions. The color coding helps users to employ the correct score sheet.

c) NCBRFC-TIQ: Please copy the rating forms and the score sheets onto yellow paper. Again, this will help to avoid mixing up rating forms and score sheets for any workers using more than one type of form.

4. We ask that researchers who employ the NCBRF cite the developmental papers in any resulting publications. The original articles describing the NCBRF are as follows:

Aman, M. G., Tassé, M. J., Rojahn, J., & Hammer, D. (1996). The Nisonger CBRF: A child behavior rating form for children with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 17, 41-57.

Tassé, M. J., Aman, M. G., Hammer, D., & Rojahn, J. (1996). The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form: Age and gender effects and norms. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 17, 59-75.

A research article discribing the NCBRFC-TIQ version and its psychometrics is currently in press. We ask any users to cite it as follows:

Aman, M.G., Leone, S., Park, L., Buican, B., Lecavalier, L., & Coury, D. (In Press). The Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form-TIQ Version. International Clinical Psychopharmacology.

5. We suggest that workers who receive electronic versions of the NCBRF contact us for an original copy of all materials, including the original publications, the actual rating scales, and score sheets (to ensure that formatting is correct), background information on the NCBRF, and-if needed-more extensive normative data. In doing so, it would be helpful to receive pre-addressed envelopes, if possible.


Download NCBRF and NCBRF-TIQ (PDF)

To download and view, you must read the agreement and instructions section above.
Each version of the NCBRF is listed below.

NCBRF Parent Version
NCBRF Parent Version - Score Sheet

NCBRF Teacher Version
NCBRF Teacher Version - Score Sheet

NCBRF-TIQ and NCBRF-TIQ Score Sheet: The rating form and score sheet are included in one file for the NCBRF-TIQ. There is only a parent version of this form.

To download and view, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader.