ERIC Number: ED395238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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A Review of the Literature on the Validity of the Child Behavior Checklist.
Latkovich, Sharon A.
The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is used to assess the behavioral problems and social competencies of children. Its broad usage in both a practitioner and research context has led to misapplications as compared to the CBCL's original intended purpose. Practical applications vary from the more traditional mental health centers and medical contexts to schools and forensic applications. Furthermore, an exhaustive number of citations of the CBCL can be found in the research literature. These 1990's uses of the CBCL most probably do not coincide with the original intent or purpose of the CBCL. Additionally, the composition of the normative sample presents particular difficulties for establishing validity across different groups. Thus given the broad usage of the CBCL combined with potential validity biases, it is the purpose of this study to review the literature regarding the validity of CBCL. This review examines the original purpose of the test, the normative sample, and test development from the purview of content, concurrent, predictive, and construct validity. A call is made for additional research so as to facilitate practitioners' and researchers' understanding of the nature of the CBCL in regards to a given use on a specific population. (Contains 43 references.) (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Child Behavior Checklist
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Cambridge, MA, February 21-24, 1996).