ERIC Number: EJ950150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Terrible Ones? Assessment of Externalizing Behaviors in Infancy with the Child Behavior Checklist
Van Zeijl, Jantien; Mesman, Judi; Stolk, Mirjam N.; Alink, Lenneke R. A.; Van IJzendoorn, Marinus H.; Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marian J.; Juffer, Femmie; Koot, Hans M.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v47 n8 p801-810 Aug 2006
Background: This study investigated the occurrence, cross-informant agreement, 1-year stability, and context characteristics of externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children, as compared to 24- and 36-month-olds. Method: In a general population sample of 786 12-month-olds, 720 24-month-olds, and 744 36-month-olds, the CBCL/1 1/2-5 was obtained from mothers and fathers and again one year later for a subsample of 307 children. Mothers of 1,831 children also provided complete data on child, mother, and family characteristics. Results: Over three-fourths of the externalizing behaviors occurred in more than 10% of 12-month-olds, over one-third of the items in more than 25%. For almost all externalizing behaviors, the occurrence was significantly lower in 12-month-olds compared to 24- and 36-month-old children. Mother-father agreement and 1-year stability of externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children were significant, but generally somewhat lower than in 24- and 36-month-olds. Context characteristics were related to externalizing behaviors in 12-month-olds as well as in older children. Some associations were less pronounced in 12-month-old children, but the overall pattern of correlates was similar across age groups. Conclusions: The results of this study show that externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children merit further research and can be assessed with the CBCL in a valid way.
Descriptors: Check Lists, Mothers, Family Characteristics, Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Infants, Toddlers, Comparative Analysis, Young Children, Evaluation Methods, Age Differences, Parents, Fathers, Context Effect, Individual Characteristics
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist