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J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1997 Jun;18(3):183-94.

A review of behavioral screening practices in pediatric settings: do they pass the test?

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Department of Pediatrics, MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA.


We reviewed the current status of behavior screening methods, such as parental questionnaires, for identifying behavioral problems in children seen in pediatric settings. Information is organized around basic criteria for implementing screening procedures. We conclude that although use of parent-completed questionnaires, such as the Child Behavior Checklist and the Pediatric Symptom Checklist, can increase identification of child behavioral dysfunction in pediatric settings, it is unclear whether screening will cause a change in physician behaviors necessary to improve child functional outcomes. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

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