Screening for DSM-IV externalizing disorders with the Child Behavior Checklist: a receiver-operating characteristic analysis.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: This study examines the diagnostic accuracy of the CBCL syndrome AS scales for predicting DSM-IV Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder with or without Conduct Disorder (ODD/CD). METHODS: The sample included 370 children (187 probands and 183 siblings) participating in a family genetic study of attention and aggressive behavior problems. Univariate and stepwise logistic regression analyses were used to derive models for predicting two diagnostic conditions: ADHD and ODD/CD. RESULTS: The Attention Problems syndrome significantly predicted ADHD, and ODD/CD was significantly predicted by the Aggressive Behavior syndrome. Both scales demonstrated good diagnostic accuracy, as assessed through receiver operating characteristics analyses. Cut-point analyses confirmed the utility of low T-scores, 55 on the respective syndromes, for efficiently discriminating cases from noncases. CONCLUSIONS: CBCL syndromes display good diagnostic efficiency for assessing common externalizing disorders in children.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hudziak, JJ; Copeland, W; Stanger, C; Wadsworth, M

Published Date

  • October 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1299 - 1307

PubMed ID

  • 15335349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00314.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England