The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment-Clinical Form (DECA-C) is an assessment of resilience in preschoolers ages 2 to 5 with social and emotional problems or significant behavioral concerns. Whereas the DECA is designed to be used with all children to promote healthy social and emotional growth, the primary purpose of the DECA-C is to support early intervention efforts to reduce or eliminate significant emotional and behavioral concerns in preschool children. The DECA-C may also be used to guide interventions, help identify children needing special services, assess outcomes, and help programs meet Head Start, IDEA and similar standards.
The DECA-C is a 62-item scale that can be completed by either teachers or parents in about 15 minutes. Scoring is made simple by a user-friendly record form.
The DECA-Clinical Form (DECA-C), designed to be used by mental health professionals with those select children who are showing significant behavioral concerns, is also available in e-DECA 2.0, a web-based computer version of the entire suite of assessments from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.
To help ensure proper use of the tool and results, it must be scored and interpreted by a behavioral healthcare or special education professional.
A norm-referenced, behavior rating scale, the DECA-C contains all of the protective factors found in the DECA (initiative, self-control, and attachment), but also assesses behavioral concerns such as aggression, attention problems, emotional control problems, and withdrawal/depression. Measuring both a child's strengths and behavioral concerns, the DECA-C provides a balanced description of the child's behavior and allows for strength-based planning and strategy implementation.