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Department of Psychology

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Education Specialist


Behavior rating scales, such as the Behavior Assessment System for Children ([BASC] Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1998) and the Child Behavior Checklist ([CBCL] Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000), are often used to assess social and emotional behavior problems. Although a substantial amount of research exists on the previous version of the BASC/6-18 and CBCL/4-18, little research exists on the latest preschool versions of the BASC/2.5-5 and CBCL/1.5-5. The current study examined the overall consistency between the revised BASC and CBCL preschool versions. A sample of 33 parents of preschool-aged children considered "at-risk" participated in this study by completing both the BASC and CBCL on their children. Mean scores, correlations, and standard score differences were examined for 13 corresponding scales on the BASC and CBCL. The results indicated that the BASC and CBCL produced fairly consistent results within a group of "at-risk" preschoolers. Both the BASC and CBCL identified more children with externalizing problems than with internalizing problems. However, the BASC identified more children as having externalizing problems and/or internalizing problems than did the CBCL. Overall, more research needs to be conducted as regards the reliability and validity of the preschool revisions of the BASC and CBCL.


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