To test stability and change in preschoolers’ oppositional defiant problems, John Lavigne and his co-workers (2001) had parents complete CBCLs for 510 preschoolers in 68 Chicago-area pediatric practices. The children were subsequently reassessed with the CBCL and other instruments in four waves, culminating when the children averaged 8 years old. Diagnoses of Oppositional Defiant Disorder… Read more »

It has often been reported that children whose mothers are depressed have more problems than children whose mothers are not depressed. This association between mothers’ depression and children’s problems could arise for many reasons. Examples include the effect of maternal depressive symptoms on the children; genetic vulnerability to depression on the part of the children… Read more »

In a long-term longitudinal study of psychopathology from age 5 to 21, Giaconia et al. (2001) tested age 21 outcomes for participants who had been diagnosed as having major depression or drug disorders at age 18. Most no longer met diagnostic criteria for the same disorders at age 21. However, those who had met diagnostic… Read more »

Led by ADHD expert Joseph Biederman, a team of Harvard University researchers tested the stability of CBCL scores obtained over a 4-year interval for boys diagnosed as having ADHD. The boys were initially seen either in a pediatric psychopharmacology program at Massachusetts General Hospital or in the pediatric service of a Health Maintenance Organization. They… Read more »

Assessment of children must deal with limited agreement among sources of data. For example, correlations between reports by mothers, fathers, teachers, and other informants are typically modest to moderate. The differences between informants’ reports may reflect such factors as differences in the behavior they observe or differences in their judgment of the same behavior. Differences… Read more »

In a longitudinal study of a general population sample of 332 Dutch children, Judi Mesman and Hans Koot (2001) tested prediction of DSM-IV diagnoses at ages 10-11 from ages 2-3 CBCL ratings, physical health problems, stressful experiences, and family risk factors. When all the candidate predictors were tested in multiple logistic regressions, ages 2-3 Internalizing scores… Read more »

Using a randomly selected sample of Dutch children, Robert Ferdinand, Marije Blum, and Frank Verhulst (2001) tested the ability of CBCL scores to predict self-reports of high levels of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use obtained on the Young Adult Self-Report (YASR) at ages 18 to 22. High levels of substance use were defined as amounts that… Read more »

Robert Laird and colleagues used path analyses to test longitudinal relations between Externalizing problems, peer rejection, and involvement with antisocial peers. Participants were 400 children of diverse SES and ethnic backgrounds assessed at multiple sites. The data included: (a) age 5 CBCL Externalizing scores; (b) ages 6-9 mean of CBCL and TRF Externalizing scores each year, plus peer rejection… Read more »

Using the Externalizing Scale of the CBCL as a dependent measure, DeVito and Hopkins (2001) reported that preschoolers are likely to manifest externalizing behavior problems when their parents are experiencing marital problems, when parents vacillate between being overly permissive and overly punitive, and when parents’ relationships with their children are characterized by arguing, teasing, and… Read more »

Increasing proportions of military personnel are women, including over 20% of new recruits. Many of these women have children. Although previous studies have assessed the effects of fathers’ deployment on children, Michelle Kelley, Ellen Hock, and colleagues have reported one of the first systematic assessments of problems reported for children who experienced lengthy separations while… Read more »

ASEBA forms are completed by many kinds of informants in many settings throughout the world. The CBCL is designed to be completed by people who serve as surrogate parents in institutional settings, as well as by biological, adoptive, and foster parents. To test the factor structure of group care workers’ CBCL ratings, a team of… Read more »