The St Andrews Behavioural Interaction Coding Scheme (SABIC)


SABICS, Zhou et al. 2012

Developers: Yuefang Zhou, Elaine Cameron, Gillian Forbes, Gerry Humphris

Year of publication: 2012

Date of last revision: 21 October 2019

Setting in which the tool was originally developed/validated: Interactions between dental nurses and nursery-school children

Restriction to setting(s): When modified, this scheme is potentially applicable to any settings involving interactions between healthcare professioinals and young children

Target group: Dental nurses and 3-4 years old nursery-school children

Language(s): English

Tool topics:

General communication behavior / Overall communication behavior

Specific constructs/behaviours:

1) The fluoride varnish application as a dental preventive procedure 2) communiction skills to implement the dental procedure

Protocol behaviour, Nurse (verbal+non-verbal), Child (verbal + non-verbal). All behaviours were coded for both duration and frequency

Types of data required to use the tool: Video recordings, Audio recordings, Transcripts

Intended application: Research

Reference(s) to development/validation paper(s):

Zhou, Y., Cameron, E., Forbes, G. & Humphris, G. M. (2012). Development of a novel coding scheme (SABICS) to record nurse-child interactive behaviours in a community dental preventive intervention. Patient Education and Counseling, 88, 268-276.

Tool/manual available: Yes.

Tool description by the author:

The SABICS scheme was initially developed to record interactions between dental nurses and young children in a dental preventive setting. Training on the use of a piece of coding software (Observer XT) will be beneficial to coding efficiency and accuracy as timing of events can be recorded more accurately. The SABICS is initially intended for research in paediatric contexts. It can be potentially used for training and education purpose.

Access: Public