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DESSA Manual

Publisher: Devereux Center for Resilient Children
SKU code: 500DES
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The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a 72-item, standardised, norm-referenced behaviour rating scale that assesses the social-emotional competencies that serve as protective factors for children in kindergarten through to year eight.

Available as a hard-copy or online assessment, the DESSA can identify children at risk of developing social-emotional problems, assess skills related to social-emotional competence, resilience and academic success and identify social-emotional strengths and needs for individualised education programs.

The assessment is entirely strength-based, meaning that the items query positive behaviours (e.g., get along with others) rather than maladaptive ones (e.g., annoy others).

The DESSA Manual provides information on:

  • Uses of the DESSA and Qualifications of DESSA Users and Raters
  • Test Development and Standardisation
  • Psychometric Properties
  • Administration
  • Scoring
  • Interpretation & the DESSA Scales
  • The Rationale and Use of the DESSA in a Unified Model of Prevention

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