Subscales scores of the Lithuanian version of CBCL: Preliminary data on the emotional and behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence

R. Zukauskiene, K. Ignataviciene, D. Daukantaite

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    This study set out to investigate some psychometric properties of the Lithuanian version of CBCL for providing the preliminary data on the emotional and behavioural problems in Lithuanian children taking factors such as gender, age, SES and family composition into account. The CBCL was completed by parents of 7- to 11-and 12- to 14-year-old school children (N = 1296) drawn from the urban and suburban population. Younger boys scored higher than girls on externalizing problems and total problems scores, and older girls scored higher on internalizing problems. Younger children scored higher than the older children on total problems and externalizing problems scores. The comparisons with the US sample indicated that the levels of problem behaviour in 7- to 14-year-old children are similar to those found in the US. Lithuanian children had higher total problem scores; however, the effect sizes for other scales, except the attention problems scale and the somatic complaints scale, were very small. Similar to other studies, we found significant SES effects on total problem scores. Problem scores were highest for the lowest SES children. In general, this study supports previous findings concerning CBCL: similarities in emotional and behavioural problems outweigh differences in cross-cultural studies based on CBCL.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)136-143
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2003



    • Adolescent
    • CBCL
    • Child
    • Family composition
    • SES

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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