Title

Behavior Problems in Children with Diabetes: Disentangling Possible Scoring Confounds on the Child Behavior Checklist

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1998

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL; T. M. Achenbach, 1991), when used to assess the behavior of children with diabetes, may contain confounds because some behavioral items can have a physiologic etiology, and may skew reports of behavioral disturbance. Methods: Two techniques were used to disentangle possible scoring confounds in the behavioral ratings of children with and without diabetes: (1) the Somatic Complaints scale was deleted, or (2) Diabetes Items, identified a priori with 89% agreement by nine medical personnel, were deleted. Results: As expected, with traditionally scored protocols, children with diabetes obtained higher Internalizing and Total Behavior Problem scores than controls. This group difference persisted whether the Somatic Complaints scale or the Diabetes Items were deleted. Conclusions: Compared to controls, children with diabetes obtained mildly elevated scores on six of the eight CBCL scales, regardless of scoring method.

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Volume

23

Issue

3

First Page

179

Last Page

185