Developmental and Social–Emotional Screening of Young Children (0–6 years of age) in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Health

Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA)

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Social-Emotional Screening Instrument Profile
General Information
Type of Instrument Social-emotional screener
Date of Publication 2000
Age Span 12 months – 36 months
Available Languages English, Spanish
Reliability Internal consistency = .65 - .80
Inter-rater (mother/father) = .61-.68
Test-retest = .85 -.87
Validity Predictive = .71
Sensitivity 80-99%
Specificity 80-89%
Administration Information
Time to administer 7-10 minutes
Time to score NA
Minimum reading level 5th - 6th grade
Minimum scoring skills Masters degree in a related field
Ordering Information
Name of Test Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA)
Website Address
Publisher’s Address Pearson, Attn: Customer Service, 19500 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX 78259-3701
Publisher’s Phone 1-800-627-7271
Publisher’s Fax 1-800-232-1223
Publisher’s Email
Cost Yes, contact publisher
Educational/Training Resources
Manual available Yes
Video available No
Training Method

Manual is adequate training for using BITSEA.  Trainings can also be scheduled by calling Pearson.

Additional References

Briggs-Gowan MJ, Carter AS, Irwin JR, Wachtel K, Cicchetti DV.  The Brief Infant -Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment: screening for social-emotional problems and delays in competence. J Pediatr Psychol. 2004 Mar;29(2):143-55.