Agreement Between Two Behavioral Rating Scales in Preschoolers Born Very Preterm.

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DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001238


OBJECTIVE: Broadband parent rating scales are commonly used to assess behavioral problems in children. Multiple rating scales are available, yet agreement between them is not well-understood. The objective of this study was to evaluate agreement between the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Edition (BASC-3), and Child Behavior Checklist 1.5 to 5 years (CBCL) in a sample of children born very preterm.

METHOD: We assessed 73 children born < 30 weeks' gestational age whose caregivers completed the BASC-3 and CBCL at age 4. We examined correlations, within-person differences, and agreement in clinical categorization for all corresponding subscales and composites.

RESULTS: Comparable subscales on the BASC-3 and CBCL were significantly correlated, albeit to differing magnitudes. Subscales indexing hyperactivity and attention problems were the most comparable across the 2 measures, evidenced by strong correlations and few to no differences in mean T-scores. Composite scores indexing internalizing, externalizing, and total problems were also strongly correlated, and there were no differences in the mean T-scores for externalizing or total problems across measures. Agreement in clinical classifications were weak to moderate, though again, the highest agreement was found for hyperactivity, attention, externalizing, and total problems.

CONCLUSION: Agreement between BASC-3 and CBCL subscales was weak to moderate, with the exception of subscales related to attention and hyperactivity, as well as composite scores indicating overall behavior problems. Researchers and clinicians should consider these discrepancies when interpreting the results of behavior rating scales with preschool children because conclusions could differ based on the assessment that is used.

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Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP





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Infant, Newborn; Child, Preschool; Child; Humans; Behavior Rating Scale; Child Behavior Disorders; Infant, Extremely Premature; Problem Behavior


Behavior Rating Scale; Child Behavior Disorders; Problem Behavior

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