Socio-cultural group influences parent report on the child behavior checklist and clinical diagnostic impressions Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Martínez, María Isabel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • This study examines the relationship of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and clinician intake diagnoses across diverse socio-cultural groups drawn from an urban Midwest community mental health clinic. Four socio-cultural groups were defined for the purposes of this study: 1) Black; 2) White; 3) Hispanic with English CBCL administration; and 4) Hispanic with Spanish CBCL administration. Socio-cultural differences in diagnostic rates of anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and conduct disorder were found in this sample. Caregivers in all socio-cultural groups reported similar levels of externalizing problems, but different levels of internalizing problems. Socio-cultural group moderated the relationship between CBCL ratings and clinician diagnoses of anxiety diagnoses. These results support the hypothesis that sociocultural factors contribute to parental beliefs about behavior and health. Socio-cultural differences may impact the assessment process. Further research is needed to examine these patterns and how they affect valid assessment and treatment of culturally diverse clients.
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  • Youngstrom, Eric
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