Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)

The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) is a behavior rating scale that assess eight social-emotional competencies in children in kindergarten through eigth grade. DESSA is completed by parents/guardians, teachers, or staff members at schools and similar institutions such as after-school, social service and mental health programs. The assessment can be administered via computer or paper and pencil and is available in both English and Spanish.

Content

Domains
Self Awareness,
Self Management,
Social Awareness,
Relationship Skills,
Responsible Decision Making
Subdomain

Goal directed behavior, Optimistic Thinking

Grades
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade
Languages
English,
Spanish
Respondent
Student,
Teacher,
Parent,
Examiner

Administration Information

Length
72 items
Administration
Computer,
Paper
Timed
No

Access and Use

Price

$120.00

Contact

Email: plebuffe@Devereux.org

Phone: 866-872-4687

Open Access
No
Use in Research

Nagileri, J. A., Goldstien, S., & LeBuffe P. (2010). Resilience and impairment: An exploratory study of resilience factors and situational impairment. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment 28(4), 349-356. DOI: 10.1177/0734282910366845

Shapiro, V. B., Accomazzo, S., & Robitaille, J. L. (2017). In the same ballpark of a whole new ball game? Staff as raters of youth behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies 26,1051-1055. DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0632-1

Doromal, J. B., Cottone, E. A., & Kim H. (2019). Preliminary validation of the teacher-rated DESSA in a low-income, kindergarten sample. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment 37(1), 40-54. DOI: 10.1177/0734282917731460

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring
Referencing
Norm-referenced
Psychometric References

Nickerson, A. B., & Fishman, C. (2009). Convergent and divergent validity of the Devereux student strengths assessment. School Psychology Quarterly 24(1), 48-59. DOI: 10.1037/a0015147

National Comparison
Yes
Item Type
Likert