A Psychometric Analysis of the Child Behavior Checklist DSM-Oriented Scales

  • Brad J. NakamuraEmail author
  • Chad Ebesutani
  • Adam Bernstein
  • Bruce F. Chorpita


The Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 6–18 (CBCL/6-18) possesses newly developed DSM-Oriented Scales, constructed through expert clinical judgment to match selected categories for behavioral/emotional problems as described in the DSM-IV. The present investigation examined the basic psychometric properties for all six DSM-Oriented Scales (i.e., Affective, Anxiety, Somatic, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Oppositional, and Conduct Scales) in a large clinical sample of children and adolescents (N = 673). Findings from the present study provide strong evidence for the reliability, as well as convergent and discriminative validity, of these scales. It appears that the DSM-Oriented Scales may provide accurate supplementary information that may be considered when formulating clinical diagnoses.


Child behavior checklist Diagnostic and statistical manual Psychometrics Test validity Test reliability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brad J. Nakamura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chad Ebesutani
    • 2
  • Adam Bernstein
    • 2
  • Bruce F. Chorpita
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawai‘i at MānoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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