Child Behavior Checklist


The Child Problem Behavior Checklist was generated from the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1981), the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist (Quay & Peterson, 1987) and other behavior checklists.

Abstract

The Child Problem Behavior Checklist was generated from the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1981), the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist (Quay & Peterson, 1987) and other behavior checklists. The scale is one of the most widely-used measures in child psychology. It is composed of 112 items that each significantly differentiate clinically-referred from non-referred children. The items of the CBCL were factor analyzed to empirically identify the forms of psychopathology that actually occur in children. These items are presented in alphabetical order to reduce the bias that might occur as a result of informants' preconceived notions regarding the presence or absence or a particular disorder.

These data were collected during the summer of the sixth year of Fast Track, when most children had just completed fifth grade. Children in the intervention group were not included in the analyses for this report. Children who were part of both the normative group and the high risk group were included with the high risk group only.

Achenbach (1991) recommends that raw scores on the CBCL behavior syndromes and problems scales be used in research. At the high end of the distribution, raw scores may be more precise and uniform than t-scores. In addition, on the behavior syndromes - but not the problems scales - below average t-scores have been truncated at 50. However, if sex differences are not controlled in statistical analyses or if age differences among subjects are non-trivial, it may be preferable to use t-scores. Choosing to use an individual behavior syndrome score or a problems scale score should depend on the specific research question being asked. In general, however, the problems scales scores are going to be slightly more reliable because they are composed of more items. As with most measures of psychopathology, the distributions of scores on the CBCL tend to be skewed and kurtotic. Use caution in statistical analyses that are not robust to violations of normality.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: PyI
Scored Dataset Name: CBCySPc

Keywords

Psychopathology, Emotional Disturbances, Personality Problems, Psychosomatic Disorders, Self Destructive Behavior, Self Injurious Behavior, Speech Language Pathology, Sexuality, Sleep, Eating Disorders, Disobedience, Suicide, Physical Problems, Substance Abuse.