The Child Behavior Checklist for group care workers. A study regarding the factor structure

G. Albrecht, J.W. Veerman, G. Kroes, H. Damen

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Abstract

In this study we examined the factor structure of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) filled out by group care workers. Group care workers' judgements were collected on 846 children and adolescents treated in various residential settings in The Netherlands. Using confirmatory factor analysis, we were able to show that the original CBCL factor model based on parental judgments of child behavior also fits for the judgments of group care workers. This means that the well known 8 narrow-band syndromes (Withdrawn, Somatic Complaints, etc.) as well as the 2 broad-band syndromes (Internalizing and Externalizing) can be used to interpret the CBCL scores of group care workers. This confirmation of the CBCL factor structure is a first step to add a group care worker version to the CBCL family. However, as a second step, normative data need to be gathered to further enhance the use of the CBCL for group care workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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