Psychological and Health-Related Assessment Tools Developed in China

The Child Behaviour Scale Chinese (CBSC) - A Validation Study

Author(s): Guo-Bin Wan and Lawrence T. Lam

Pp: 1-9 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805186111001010001

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL), developed based on the conceptual framework of child developmental psychopathology proposed by Achenbach, has been considered as the most studied instrument in assessing child behavioural problems. For younger pre-school age children, a specific CBCL/1.5-5 has also been recently developed. However, this specific form of the CBCL has not been translated into Chinese, and thus not validated as a Chinese version. The Child Behaviour Scales-Chinese (CBSC) has been developed by researchers in China for the purpose of providing a useful behavioural assessment instrument for young pre-school children. Studies were conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of the CBSC. Results obtained from the Confirmatory Factor Analysis indicated that 46 items were to be retained from the pool of 60 with a seven factor structure. Cronhach’s Alpha values for both sexes and total provided evidence for good internal reliability with values ranging from 0.59 to 0.90. Correlations on all subscales between CBSC and CBCL suggested moderate to high concordance providing evidence for reasonable convergent validity. The ICC for all subscales and the total between repeated administrations of CBSC within a period of 4-6 weeks were significantly and moderately high ranging from 0.52 to 0.72. These preliminary results suggest that the CBSC is a valid instrument for assessing young pre-school children in China. Studies could be further conducted to provide more evidence on the externalisation and internalisation factors structure on which the design of the instrument has been based.

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