Use of the Child Behavior Checklist in an Israeli adolescent psychiatric unit

A. Apter, R. Offer, R. Blumenson, S. Tyano

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Abstract

This article deals with the Hebrew version of an instrument for the diagnosis of psychopathology in young adolescents: the Child Behavior Checklist and the associated Child Behavior Profile developed by Achenbach (1978). We report on a study of the reliability and validity of the checklist and its suitability for use with severely disturbed adolescents in Israel. Parents of 130 adolescents, 89 healthy and 41 sick, participated in the research. The scales were found to be valid in that two‐thirds of the items were correctly assigned by clinicians in Israel to their respective scales; it is internally consistent as measured by the Cronbach coefficient; and it is reliable in distinguishing between patient and control groups. Scores for control adolescents in Israel were found to be very similar to norms in the United States, the Netherlands and Chile. This finding may have important implications for cross‐cultural research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1988

Keywords

  • Israel
  • adolescence
  • behavior

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