The Children's Behavior Questionnaire very short scale: psychometric properties and development of a one-item temperament scale.

E.F.C. Sleddens*, S.O. Hughes, T.M. O'Connor, A. Beltran, J.C. Baranowski, T.A. Nicklas, T. Baranowski

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Abstract

Little research has been conducted on the psychometrics of the very short scale (36 items) of the Children's Behavior Questionnaire, and no one-item temperament scale has been tested for use in applied work. In this study, 237 United States caregivers completed a survey to define their child's behavioral patterns (i.e., Surgency, Negative Affectivity, Effortful Control) using both scales. Psychometrics of the 36-item Children's Behavior Questionnaire were examined using classical test theory, principal factor analysis, and item response modeling. Classical test theory analysis demonstrated adequate internal consistency and factor analysis confirmed a three-factor structure. Potential improvements to the measure were identified using item response modeling. A one-item (three response categories) temperament scale was validated against the three temperament factors of the 36-item scale. The temperament response categories correlated with the temperament factors of the 36-item scale, as expected. The one-item temperament scale may be applicable for clinical use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-217
Number of pages21
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume110
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • DIFFERENTIAL SUSCEPTIBILITY
  • IMPROVING MEASUREMENT
  • PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN
  • HEALTH-EDUCATION
  • EARLY-CHILDHOOD
  • YOUNG-CHILDREN
  • STYLE

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