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Child Behavior Checklist

Title

Child Behavior Checklist

Description

The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) was a parent-report questionnaire on which the child was rated on various behavioral and emotional problems. It was first developed by Thomas M. Achenbach and has been one of the most widely-used standardized measures in child psychology for evaluating maladaptive behavioral and emotional problems in preschool subjects aged 2 to 3 or in subjects between the ages of 4 and 18. It assessed internalizing (i.e., anxious, depressive, and overcontrolled) and externalizing (i.e., aggressive, hyperactive, noncompliant, and undercontrolled) behaviors. Several subareas were measured including social withdrawal, somatic complaints, anxiety and depression, destructive behavior, social problems, thought problems, attention problems, aggressive behavior, and delinquent behaviors. Both versions of this checklist were used for the PHDCN -- the one designed for 2 to 3-year-olds and the other for 4 to 18-year-olds. The full complement of behavior problem items was used in Wave 1, with a reduced set used in Wave 2 and Wave 3.

WAVE 1: The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) (PDF 4.4MB) used for Wave 1 included the full complement of behavior problem items. It was administered to primary caregivers of subjects belonging to Cohorts 3 to 15.

WAVE 2: The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) (PDF 4.7MB) used for Wave 2 contained a subset of questions asked in the Wave 1 versions. Each of the questions asked in Wave 2 was also asked in Wave 1. One version of the CBCL was administered to primary caregivers of subjects belonging to Cohort 0, while another version was administered to primary caregivers of subjects belonging to Cohorts 3 to 15.

WAVE 3: The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) (PDF 2.3MB) used for Wave 3 was nearly identical to the Wave 2 version. The Wave 3 version contained a question regarding cruelty to animals that was not present in the Wave 2 version. It was administered to primary caregivers of subjects belonging to Cohorts 0 to 12.

Citations

Achenbach, T. (1992). Manual for the Child Behavior Checklist/2-3 and 1992 Profile. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry.

Achenbach, T. (1991). Manual for the Child Behavior Checklist/4 - 18 and 1991 Profile. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry.

Related Internet Resources

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment

Information regarding CBCL

PHDCN Administration

Shaded boxes indicate that the measure is not available for a given wave/cohort.

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