, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 388-397
Date: 15 Oct 2013

Psychometric Properties of a German Parent Rating Scale for Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorder (FBB-SSV) in Clinical and Community Samples

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The Fremdbeurteilungsbogen für Störungen des Sozialverhaltens (FBB-SSV) is a commonly used DSM- and ICD-based rating scale for disruptive behaviour problems in Germany. This study examined the psychometric properties of the FBB-SSV rated by parents in both a clinical sample (N = 596) and a community sample (N = 720) of children aged 4–17 years. Results indicate that the FBB-SSV is internally consistent (α = .69–.90). Principal component analyses produced two-factor structures that are largely consistent with the distinction between oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). Diagnostic accuracy was examined using receiver operating characteristic analyses, which showed that the FBB-SSV is excellent at discriminating children with ODD/CD from those in the community sample (AUC = .91). It has satisfactory diagnostic accuracy for detecting ODD/CD in the clinical sample (AUC = .76). Overall, the results show that the FBB-SSV is a reliable and valid instrument. This finding provides further support for the clinical utility of DSM- and ICD-based rating scales.
Anja Görtz-Dorten and Elena Ise contributed equally to the manuscript and are both first authors of this article.