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Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems.

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Arseneault, L; Kim-Cohen, J; Taylor, A; Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE
Published in: Journal of abnormal child psychology
October 2005

Past research suggests that young children are incapable of reporting information about their own behavior problems. To test this, we examined the validity and the usefulness of children's self-reports in the E-Risk Study, a nationally representative birth cohort of 2,232 children. We used the Berkeley Puppet Interview to obtain children's self-reports of conduct problems when they were 5-years old and the Dominic-R when they were 7-years old. We also collected information about the children and their families by interviewing mothers, sending questionnaires to teachers, and rating examiners' observations during home visits. Results indicate that when children's self-reports are gathered with structured and developmentally appropriate instruments, they are shown to be valid measures: conduct problems reported by the children themselves were associated with known correlates including individual characteristics (e.g., IQ), related behaviors (e.g., hyperactivity), and family variables (e.g., economic disadvantages). Observed correlations closely matched effect sizes reported in the literature using adults' reports of children's behavioral problems. In addition, children's self-reports can be useful: both measures distinguished children meeting DSM-IV criteria for research diagnoses of conduct disorder. Children's reports also contributed unique information not provided by adults. For research and clinical purposes, young children's self-reports can be viewed as a valuable complement to adults' ratings and observational measures of children's behavior problems.

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Journal of abnormal child psychology

DOI

EISSN

1573-2835

ISSN

0091-0627

Publication Date

October 2005

Volume

33

Issue

5

Start / End Page

537 / 550

Related Subject Headings

  • Wechsler Scales
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Psychometrics
  • Parents
  • Parenting
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Family
  • Domestic Violence
 

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Arseneault, L., Kim-Cohen, J., Taylor, A., Caspi, A., & Moffitt, T. E. (2005). Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(5), 537–550. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-005-6736-5
Arseneault, Louise, Julia Kim-Cohen, Alan Taylor, Avshalom Caspi, and Terrie E. Moffitt. “Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems.Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 33, no. 5 (October 2005): 537–50. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-005-6736-5.
Arseneault L, Kim-Cohen J, Taylor A, Caspi A, Moffitt TE. Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems. Journal of abnormal child psychology. 2005 Oct;33(5):537–50.
Arseneault, Louise, et al. “Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems.Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, vol. 33, no. 5, Oct. 2005, pp. 537–50. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10802-005-6736-5.
Arseneault L, Kim-Cohen J, Taylor A, Caspi A, Moffitt TE. Psychometric evaluation of 5- and 7-year-old children's self-reports of conduct problems. Journal of abnormal child psychology. 2005 Oct;33(5):537–550.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of abnormal child psychology

DOI

EISSN

1573-2835

ISSN

0091-0627

Publication Date

October 2005

Volume

33

Issue

5

Start / End Page

537 / 550

Related Subject Headings

  • Wechsler Scales
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Psychometrics
  • Parents
  • Parenting
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Family
  • Domestic Violence