Purpose: Multi-informant assessment of children’s functioning and responses to interventions (RTIs)
Age: 6-18 years
Format: Software Scoring
The Brief Problem Monitor 6-18 (BPM 6-18) forms are completed by parents, teachers, or youths in 1-2 minutes to rate functioning over user-selected periods of days, weeks, or months. The items are from the CBCL/6-18, TRF, and YSR.
They are scored on Internalizing (INT), Attention Problems (ATT), Externalizing (EXT), and Total Problems (TOT) scales.
- Separate forms are completed in 1 to 2 minutes by parent figures (BPM-P), teachers (BPM-T), & youths (BPM-Y)
- Parallel items and scales on the BPM and the CBCL, TRF & YSR enable users to link comprehensive initial and outcome assessments to BPM scores
- Users can add items for assessing strengths and problems
- Completed at user-selected periods of days, weeks, months
- The BPM counterparts of CBCL/6-18, TRF, and YSR items and scales link BPM assessments closely with the more comprehensive initial and outcome assessments afforded by the CBCL/6-18, TRF, and YSR
- The BPM-P, BPM-T, and BPM-Y enable users to obtain parallel parent, teacher, and self-ratings
- The BPM software makes it easy to compare item ratings and scale scores obtained from multiple informants – the software compares item ratings and scale scores from up to 4 informants on each rating occasion
- To document the course of BPM scale scores across multiple rating occasions, the software displays line graphs of scale scores obtained from each rater on up to 10 occasions
- Raters can write comments that can be entered and stored in the BPM software
- Users can add up to 3 problems and/or strengths to be rated and entered and then displayed on the profile
Scale scores cannot be properly interpreted without considering scores obtained by a child’s peers, as rated by particular kinds of informants. For each scale, the BPM software displays T scores and percentiles based on norms for the child’s gender, age group, and the type of informant (parent, teacher, youth).
Based on multicultural data from many societies, the BPM enables users to select norms appropriate for raters from different societies. T scores >65 (>93rd percentile for the relevant norm group) are marked on the bar graphs and trajectories as being high enough to be of concern. In addition to providing scale scores, the BPM software alerts users to scores that are high enough to be of concern.
Resources and Samples
BPM Software User Guide
Sample Cross Informant Comparison
Sample Trajectory of Scale Scores