ERIC Number: EJ853055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Measurement Equivalence of the Child Behavior Checklist among Parents of African American Adolescents
Mano, Kristen E. Jastrowski; Davies, W. Hobart; Klein-Tasman, Bonita P.; Adesso, Vincent J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n5 p606-620 Oct 2009
The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL/6-18) is a widely used parent-report measure of youth internalizing and externalizing problems. Accumulating evidence, however, suggests that the CBCL may not adequately assess clinical problems in diverse populations. We investigated the measurement equivalence (ME) of the CBCL in an African American adolescent sample (N = 145). Confirmatory factor analysis indicated poor factor model fit; however, modification indices and an alternative two-factor model produced improved fit statistics. Internal consistency coefficients of CBCL scales ranged from [alpha] = 0.65 to 0.88 and were generally lower than those reported for the normative sample. The CBCL exhibited convergent validity with conceptually similar scales on the Parent Report Scale of the Behavior Assessment System for Children; however, the correlations were weaker than those reported for the normative sample. The CBCL Internalizing composite failed to predict clinician-rated Emotional problems, however, the Externalizing composite predicted clinician-rated behavior problems. In summary, the CBCL did not exhibit unequivocal evidence of ME, as it both possesses "and" lacks a number of statistical attributes that would demonstrate its equivalence with African Americans. Future empirical and theoretical work is discussed.
Descriptors: Check Lists, African Americans, Emotional Problems, Behavior Problems, Test Validity, Child Behavior, Factor Analysis, Measurement Techniques, Disability Identification, Adolescents, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children; Child Behavior Checklist