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J Anxiety Disord. 2008;22(3):532-9. Epub 2007 Apr 21.

The child behavior checklist broad-band scales predict subsequent psychopathology: A 5-year follow-up.

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  • 1Massachusetts General Hospital, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Warren 705, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA. cpetty@partners.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the utility of the Child Behavior Check list (CBCL) for identifying children of parents with panic disorder or major depression at high-risk for future psychopathology.

METHODS:

Baseline Internalizing and Externalizing CBCL T-scores were used to predict subsequent depressive, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders at a 5-year follow-up in children of parents with panic disorder, major depression, or neither disorder.

RESULTS:

The Internalizing scale predicted subsequent agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and social phobia. In contrast, the Externalizing scale predicted subsequent disruptive behavior disorders and major depression.

CONCLUSIONS:

The convergence of these results with previous findings based on structured diagnostic interviews suggests that the CBCL broad-band scales can inexpensively and efficiently help identify children at high risk for future psychopathology within a population of children already at risk by virtue of parental psychopathology.

PMID:
17521868
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PMCID:
PMC2408858
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