Overview

The Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC) can be used for the assessment of behavioural and emotional problems of children and adolescents with development and intellectual disabilities. It is a questionnaire completed by parents or other primary carers, or teachers and reports problems over a six month period. 

Five versions of the Checklist are available: the Parent/Carer Version (DBC-P); Teacher Version (DBC-T); the adult version (DBC-A); the short-form (DBC-P24); and the monitoring chart (DBC-M). In addition, the DBC-Score software used for scoring is available.

Translations

The DBC has been translated from English including Spanish, Dutch, French and Finnish.

Administration

The DBC-P is a 96 item instrument used for the assessment of behavioural and emotional problems young people aged 4-18 years with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It is completed by a parent or carer. It can be used in clinical practice in assessments and monitoring interventions, and in research studies.

The DBC-T is an instrument for the assessment of behavioural and emotional problems young people aged 4-18 years with developmental and intellectual disabilities and is completed by teachers or teacher aides. It can be used in clinical practice in assessments and monitoring interventions, and in research studies.

Scoring and interpretation

Each behavioural description is scored on a 0,1,2 rating were 0 = 'not true as far as you know', 1 = 'somewhat or sometimes true' and 2 = 'very true or often true'.

The DBC scoring software has been designed to enter, score and store DBC checklist data, and to provide raw and percentile scores, on-screen or as a printer report. It is primarily intended to be an aid to clinicians and researchers who require a quick and accurate method for entering and scoring the DBC.

Terms of use

The DBC and associated materials may be purchased for use by professionals who are trained in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests. Further information on ordering the materials can be found here.

Further information

Developmental Behaviour Checklist Information Package