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The Reliability and Validity of the Pediatric Balance Scale

Binsy Benny
Dominique Burri
Nichole Geiger
Stephanie Yoxall


The Pediatric Balance Scale Second Edition (PBS-2) is a standardized, criterion referenced outcome measure that examines static and anticipatory functional balance in children 2 to 13 years old. The PBS has excellent psychometric properties and research supports the presence of a ceiling effect (where the independent variable no longer affects the dependent) in children 5 years of age and older. In 2012, following a Rasch analysis of the data, modifications were introduced to address the ceiling effect. The PBS-2 was created to better examine children of a wider age range by increasing the time required and increasing the difficulty of components from the PBS. The purpose of this poster is to review the literature in preparation for data collection this spring, which will focus on examining the reliability of the PBS-2.