Journal article

Assessment of change with the Developmental Behaviour Checklist

AR Clarke, BJ Tonge, SL Einfeld, A Mackinnon

JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Developmental Behaviour Checklist (DBC) is a 96-item instrument designed for assessing behavioural and emotional problems among young people with intellectual disability. METHODS: The present study investigated the validity of the DBC as a measure of change. Changes in individual's DBC scores were correlated with changes in expert clinicians' ratings of the same subjects. RESULTS: A high correlation was found between expert clinician ratings of change in behaviour and change in the total behaviour problem score of the DBC. CONCLUSIONS: The DBC is able to measure changes in behaviour and emotions which are recognized by an experienced clinician who is following the progress of..

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