Criterion validity of the child's challenging behavior scale, version 2 (CCBS-2)

Helen M. Bourke-Taylor*, Reinie Cordier, Julie F. Pallant

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OBJECTIVE. The Child's Challenging Behavior Scale, Version 2 (CCBS-2), measures maternal rating of a child's challenging behaviors that compromise maternal mental health. The CCBS-2, the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were compared in a sample of typically developing young Australian children. METHOD. Criterion validity was investigated by correlating the CCBS-2 with "gold standard" measures (CBCL and SDQ subscales). Data were collected in a cross-sectional survey of mothers (N = 336) of children ages 3-9 yr. RESULTS. Correlations with the CBCL externalizing subscales demonstrated moderate (ρ = .46) to strong (ρ = .66) correlations. Correlations with the SDQ externalizing behaviors subscales were moderate (ρ = .35) to strong (ρ = .60). CONCLUSION. The criterion validity established in this study strengthens the psychometric properties that support ongoing development of the CCBS-2 as an efficient tool that may identify children in need of further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7201205010
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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