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Child Behavior Checklist: Social Competence Scale

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Supplemental for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Short Description of Instrument
The Child Behavior Checklist measures a child's competencies by using their parent's perception of their performance on three scales, which include activities, social and school. Separate forms for ages 1.5 to 5 years and 6 to 18 years, as well as separate forms to be filled out by the parent/caregiver or teacher, are available. Scores for three competence scales and a total competence score can be computed.
The CBCL has two sets of forms, for ages 1.5 to 5 and ages 6 to 18.
The CBCL can be completed independently by the caregiver or administered by a professional familiar with the CBCL manual. Test can be completed by paper/pencil, online, or on a scannable form. The entire test, which includes the school competence scale, lasts approximately 25-30 minutes. Skills commensurate with at least a Master's degree level in psychology, social work, or special education are recommended for interpretation.
Information on test-retest reliability and Cronbach's alphas are available from the author (Achenbach, 1991).
Evidence for content, construct, and criterion-related validity is well documented.
Raw scores, t scores (M=50, SD=10), and percentiles are given based on test results. The value of t scores for each range varies depending on the scale; in some scales higher t scores are associated with normal functioning and on others lower t scores are associated with normal functioning.
Achenbach, T. (1991). Manual for Child Behavior Checklist/ 4-18 and 1991 Profile. University of Vermont, Dept. of Psychiatry: Burlington, VT.
Ewing-Cobbs, L., Barnes, M., Fletcher, J., Levin, H., Swank, P., and Song, J. (2004). Modeling of longitudinal academic achievement scores after pediatric traumatic brain injury. Dev Neuropsychol 25(1-2), 107-133.
Fletcher, J., Ewing-Cobbs, L., Miner, M., Levin, H., and Eisenberg, H. (1990). Behavioral changes after closed head injury in children. J Consult Clin Psychol 58(1), 93-98.
Reynolds, CR., Fletcher-Janzen, E. (2007) Encyclopedia of Special Education. John Wiley & Sons: Inc. Hoboken, New Jersey.


Document last updated February 2018