An Overview of the Use of the Child Behavior Checklist by Heather Siddons, Sandra Lancaster

By Heather Siddons, Sandra Lancaster

Presents a complete evaluation of chosen Australian reviews behavior ed over the last two decades that experience used the kid Behaviour list. Discusses suitability of the CBCL issue constitution and normative facts in Australian samples; use of CBCL as a diagnostic instrument for nervousness illness, ADHD and different behavioural disturbances.

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A clear limitation of this research is the lack of an external criterion and the fact that the CBCL scales used have not demonstrated 100% accuracy in classification of the disorders. 7 Conclusions Sensitivity and specificity estimates are often used to assess the diagnostic utility of instruments. Sensitivity refers to the percentage of individuals correctly classified as a case. Specificity refers to the percentage of individuals correctly classified as a non-case. These statistics have been used in research to assess how well the CBCL can predict diagnosis in Australian samples.

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