Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 100–111

Predicting Anxiety Diagnoses and Severity with the CBCL-A: Improvement Relative to Other CBCL Scales?

  • Kendra L. Read
  • Cara A. Settipani
  • Jeremy Peterman
  • Philip C. Kendall
  • Scott Compton
  • John Piacentini
  • James McCracken
  • Lindsey Bergman
  • John Walkup
  • Dara Sakolsky
  • Boris Birmaher
  • Anne Marie Albano
  • Moira Rynn
  • Golda Ginsburg
  • Courtney Keeton
  • Elizabeth Gosch
  • Cynthia Suveg
  • Joel Sherrill
  • John March
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10862-014-9439-9

Cite this article as:
Read, K.L., Settipani, C.A., Peterman, J. et al. J Psychopathol Behav Assess (2015) 37: 100. doi:10.1007/s10862-014-9439-9

Abstract

The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is a widely used parent-report of child and adolescent behavior. We examined the ability of the CBCL-A scale, a previously published subset of CBCL items, to predict the presence of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), and social phobia (SoP), as well as anxiety severity, among 488 youth randomized in the Child Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS). We predicted that the CBCL-A’s unique inclusion of items related to somatic symptoms would better identify anxiety disorder and severity than other CBCL scales, given that somatic complaints are often key features of anxiety among youth. Results support the use of the anxiety-based CBCL subscales as first-line screeners for generally elevated symptoms of anxiety, rather than tools to identify specific anxiety disorders. Although somatic symptoms are often reported and included in diagnostic criteria for certain anxiety disorders (e.g., SAD, GAD), the unique combination of somatic and non-somatic symptoms for the CBCL-A subscale did not increase its ability to consistently predict the presence of specific anxiety disorders.

Keywords

Child anxietyChild behavior checklistAssessmentClinical utility

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kendra L. Read
    • 1
  • Cara A. Settipani
    • 1
  • Jeremy Peterman
    • 1
  • Philip C. Kendall
    • 1
  • Scott Compton
    • 2
  • John Piacentini
    • 3
  • James McCracken
    • 3
  • Lindsey Bergman
    • 3
  • John Walkup
    • 4
  • Dara Sakolsky
    • 5
  • Boris Birmaher
    • 5
  • Anne Marie Albano
    • 6
  • Moira Rynn
    • 6
  • Golda Ginsburg
    • 7
  • Courtney Keeton
    • 7
  • Elizabeth Gosch
    • 8
  • Cynthia Suveg
    • 9
  • Joel Sherrill
    • 10
  • John March
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDuke UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyCornell UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PittsburghPhiladelphiaUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyColumbia UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  7. 7.Department of PsychologyThe John Hopkins University, School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  8. 8.Department of PsychologyPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  9. 9.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  10. 10.Department of PsychologyThe National Institute of Mental HealthPhiladelphiaUSA