Child Sexual Behavior Inventory: normative, psychiatric, and sexual abuse comparisons

Child Maltreat. 2001 Feb;6(1):37-49. doi: 10.1177/1077559501006001004.


A normative sample of 1,114 children was contrasted with a sample of 620 sexually abused children and 577 psychiatric outpatients on the Child Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI), a 38-item behavior checklist assessing sexual behavior in children 2 to 12 years old. The CSBI total score and each individual item differed significantly between the three groups after controlling for age, sex, maternal education, and family income. Sexually abused children exhibited a greater frequency of sexual behaviors than either the normative or psychiatric outpatient samples. Test-retest reliability and interitem correlation were satisfactory. Sexual behavior problems were related to other generic behavior problems. This contributed to the reduced discrimination between psychiatric outpatients and sexually abused children when compared to the normative/sexually abused discrimination.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child Behavior / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Discriminant Analysis
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mothers / education
  • Psychometrics
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*