The aims of the study were to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) problem scales, the degree of agreement between multiple sources, and the temporal stability of emotional- and behavioral problems. Diagnostic accuracy was examined on consecutively referred child psychiatric patients (323 boys, 167 girls). The Detailed Evaluation Schedule for Children and Adolescents (DESCA) was administered to establish young patients' diagnosis. The classification accuracy of problem scales rated by parents was 50-80% at thresholds of T score of 70. Agreement between different informants, in agreement with data in the literature, was higher for externalizing (aggressive and delinquent behavior) than for internalizing problems (withdrawal, somatic complaints, anxiety/depression). A considerable 2.5 year stability was found for withdrawal, social problems, attention problems, and aggressive behavior. Stability of internalization were low in teacher's ratings and were high in self rating, while in aggression scales the temporal stability of self rating were low and the teacher's evaluation was high.
|Translated title of the contribution||Diagnostic accuracy of the child behavior checklist scales and the features of information from different sources|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1999|
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