Reliability and Validity of Scales for Assessing Behavior in Epilepsy

Dan M Mungas, Dale Blunden, Kent Bennington, Andrea Stone, George Palma

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Behavior Rating Scales for Epilepsy (BRSE), developed to assess 8 characteristics that have been attributed to patients with epilepsy, were rated from a semistructured interview with 79 outpatients with epilepsy and from an independent interview with a friend or relative of each patient. Patients and observers also completed the Bear and Fedio Inventory (BFI) for assessing behavior change in epilepsy. Interrater reliability estimates exceeded.75 for 5 BRSE scales. Convergent and discriminant validity were demonstrated for all but 2 BRSE scales when comparing patient with observer-based ratings. BRSE results showed correspondence with BFI-Observer scores for most scales, but not with BFI-Patient scales. BFI-Observer scores also showed little association with BFI-Patient scores. The BRSE shows promise as time-efficient, psychometrically sound assessment instrument for further research on behavioral aspects of epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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