A Brief Scale for Measuring “Behavioral Inhibition to the Unfamiliar” in Children

  • Anna M. L. Van Brakel
  • Peter Muris


The behavioral inhibition scale (BIS) is a brief rating scale for measuring behavioral inhibition in children. The present study examined the test–retest stability of the BIS in a sample of 7–12-year-olds consisting of inhibited and non-inhibited children (N = 83). Results demonstrated that the BIS scores were fairly stable over a 2-year period, with a test–retest correlation of .77. Further, the BIS scores of inhibited children significantly increased over the 2-year period, whereas those of the non-inhibited comparison group significantly decreased. Finally, the BIS was in a theoretically meaningful way associated with temperamental traits as measured by the Rothbart scales. Altogether, these results provide support for the reliability and validity of the BIS.

Key Words

behavioral inhibition children rating scale temperament 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental PsychologyMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of PsychologyErasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands

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