Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 269–278

Utility of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist for Behavioral Screening of Disadvantaged Children

  • Susan J. Simonian
  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010213221811

Cite this article as:
Simonian, S.J. & Tarnowski, K.J. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2001) 31: 269. doi:10.1023/A:1010213221811


Investigated the utility of a parent report measure designed specifically for behavior screening in the pediatric primary care setting for use with disadvantaged children and families. Results indicated that the Pediatric Symptom Checklist was significantly related to scores derived from the Child Behavior Checklist. Receiver Operator Characteristic analysis indicated the need for modification of the cutting score previously established with middle-class children. A model for screening children for psychopathology within the structural-organizational constraints of the pediatric primary care setting is presented.

Behavior ScreeningDisadvantaged ChildrenMental Health Problems

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan J. Simonian
    • 1
  • Kenneth J. Tarnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCollege of CharlestonCharleston
  2. 2.Florida Gulf Coast UniversityUSA