Utility of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist for behavioral screening of disadvantaged children

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. Summer 2001;31(4):269-78. doi: 10.1023/a:1010213221811.


Investigated the utility of a parent report measure designed specifically for behavior screening in the pediatric primary care setting for use with disadvantaged children and families. Results indicated that the Pediatric Symptom Checklist was significantly related to scores derived from the Child Behavior Checklist. Receiver Operator Characteristic analysis indicated the need for modification of the cutting score previously established with middle-class children. A model for screening children for psychopathology within the structural-organizational constraints of the pediatric primary care setting is presented.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Urban
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mothers / education
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Poverty / ethnology
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Primary Health Care
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Psychometrics