European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 240–247

Discriminant validity of the Child Behaviour Checklist CBCL-4/18 in German samples

  • K. Schmeck
  • F. Poustka
  • M. Döpfner
  • J. Plück
  • W. Berner
  • G. Lehmkuhl
  • J. M. Fegert
  • K. Lenz
  • M. Huss
  • U. Lehmkuhl
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DOI: 10.1007/s007870170013

Cite this article as:
Schmeck, K., Poustka, F., Döpfner, M. et al. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2001) 10: 240. doi:10.1007/s007870170013

Abstract

This study examined the discriminant validity of the German version of CBCL in two large samples of referred and non-referred children and adolescents which were matched for age, sex and socio-economic status. The combined sample that was used for statistical analysis consists of 2,058 referred and 2,058 non-referred boys and girls between 4 and 18 years of age (mean age: referred boys=10.9 years, non-referred boys=10.9 years, referred girls=11.3 years, non-referred girls=11.1 years). Referral status was used as validity criterion. Statistical procedures included Odds Ratios, Total Predictive Values, ROC analyses and discriminant analyses. Results indicated that the discriminant validity of the German version of CBCL is comparable to the original English version. With the use of CBCL Total Problem Score as predictor (cut-off T≥ 60) 83.8 % of children and adolescents could correctly be classified (sensitivity 83.6 %, specificity 83.9 %). Symptoms of the “Attention Problems Scale” show the highest discriminative power to distinguish between disturbed and undisturbed children and adolescents.

Key words CBCL – discriminant validity – total predictive value – ROC analysis – attention problems

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Schmeck
    • 1
  • F. Poustka
    • 1
  • M. Döpfner
    • 2
  • J. Plück
    • 2
  • W. Berner
    • 2
  • G. Lehmkuhl
    • 2
  • J. M. Fegert
    • 3
  • K. Lenz
    • 4
  • M. Huss
    • 4
  • U. Lehmkuhl
    • 4
  1. 1.Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Kindes- und Jugendalters am Zentrum der Psychiatrie der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Deutschordenstr. 50, 60590 Frankfurt a. M., Germany, E-Mail: Schmeck@em.uni-frankfurt.deDE
  2. 2.Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Kindes- und Jugendalters der Universität zu Köln, Robert-Koch-Str. 10, 50931 Köln, GermanyDE
  3. 3.Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendneuropsychiatrie/Psychotherapie der Universität Rostock, Gelsheimer Str. 20, 18147 Rostock, GermanyDE
  4. 4.Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie des Kindes- und Jugendalters, Charité, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, GermanyDE