Volume 25, Issue 1 (1996)
Contributions of a Child Interview to Multimethod Assessment of Children With EBD and LD
Stephanie H. McConaughy, Thomas M. Achenbach
Abstract: This study tested the predictive power of a child interview, combined with two standardized parent and teacher rating scales, for differentiating matched samples of children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) or learning disabilities (LD), and non-referred children. The Semistructured Clinical Interview for Children and Adolescents (SCICA) was administered to 178 subjects ages 6-12. Parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and teachers completed the Teacher’s Report Form (TRF). Most SCICA, CBCL, and TRF scales significantly discriminated between children with EBD and non-referred children. Many scales also discriminated between children with EBD and LD. Discriminant analyses of combinations of SCICA, CBCL, and TRF scales produced exceptionally high classification rates for EBD versus non referred children, with overall misclassification rates of only 3.3-4.4%. Classification rates were lower for EBD versus LD, as expected. Implications are discussed regarding multi method assessment and interventions for children with behavioral and emotional problems.
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