Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2007

Article 3
Psychometric Invariance of the Parent-, Teacher, and Self-Report Forms of the Child Behavior Checklist for Jamaican Children and Adolescents

Michael Canute Lambert
University of Missouri


Neal Schmitt
Michigan State University

Maureen E. Samms-Vaughan
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Soyoun Kim
University of Missouri-Columbia



Abstract

Assuming cross-informant measurement invariance, syndromes of the parent (CBCL), teacher (TRF), and self-report (YSR) forms of the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach, 1991) are widely used to assess children’s functioning in Jamaica and other nations. Confirmatory factor analyses on ratings that 4,264 Jamaican parents, teachers, and adolescents gave for children and adolescents ages 4 to 18 on the CBCL forms revealed that the nonhierarchical model provided better data-to-model fit but significant cross-informant variance. The findings suggest that professionals who use the CBCL cross-informant syndromes to assess the functioning of children should be cautious in such use, since the meaning of scores derived from different informant groups may be incomparable even after within-group standardization.