The Child Behavior Checklist and Youth Self-Report in adolescents with epilepsy: testing measurement invariance of the Attention and Thought Problems subscales

Ferro, Mark A., Boyle, Michael H., Scott, James G. and Dingle, Kaeleen (2014) The Child Behavior Checklist and Youth Self-Report in adolescents with epilepsy: testing measurement invariance of the Attention and Thought Problems subscales. Epilepsy and Behavior, 31 34-42. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.11.009


Author Ferro, Mark A.
Boyle, Michael H.
Scott, James G.
Dingle, Kaeleen
Title The Child Behavior Checklist and Youth Self-Report in adolescents with epilepsy: testing measurement invariance of the Attention and Thought Problems subscales
Journal name Epilepsy and Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1525-5050
1525-5069
Publication date 2014-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.11.009
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Start page 34
End page 42
Total pages 9
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The objective of this study was to test for the measurement invariance of the Attention and Thought Problems subscales of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Youth Self-Report (YSR) in a population-based sample of adolescents with and without epilepsy. Data were obtained from the 14-year follow-up of the Mater University Study of Pregnancy in which 33 adolescents with epilepsy and 1068 healthy controls were included for analysis. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to test for measurement invariance between adolescents with and without epilepsy. Structural equation modeling was used to test for group differences in attention and thought problems as measured with the CBCL and YSR. Measurement invariance was demonstrated for the original CBCL Attention Problems and YSR Thought Problems. After the removal of ambiguous items ("confused" and "daydreams"), measurement invariance was established for the YSR Attention Problems. The original and reduced CBCL Thought Problems were noninvariant. Adolescents with epilepsy had significantly more symptoms of behavioral problems on the CBCL Attention Problems, β=. 0.51, p=. 0.002, compared with healthy controls. In contrast, no significant differences were found for the YSR Attention and Thought Problems, β= 0.11, p= 0.417 and β=-0.20, p=. 0.116, respectively. In this population-based sample of adolescents with epilepsy, the CBCL Attention Problems and YSR Thought Problems appear to be valid measures of behavioral problems, whereas the YSR Attention Problems was valid only after the removal of ambiguous items. Replication of these findings in clinical samples of adolescents with epilepsy that overcome the limitations of the current study is warranted.
Keyword Behavior
Children
Chronic illness
Confirmatory factor analysis
Measurement equivalence
Proxy reports
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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