Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2013

Article 2
Two Decades of Quantitative Research on Jamaican Children and Current Empirical Studies on Caribbean Adult Functioning

Michael C. Lambert
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clement T. M. Lambert
Fredrick Hickling
University of the West Indies, Mona

David Mount
Wake Forrest University

Elsie Le Franc
Maureen Samms-Vaughan
Marina W. Ramkissoon
Roger Gibson
University of the West Indies, Mona

George T. Rowan
Michigan State University

Alison Levitch
University of Missouri-Columbia


This three-study paper briefly documents the journey of a Caribbean researcher who conducted extensive quantitative research in the Caribbean region, especially on children and more recently on adults. Study 1 addresses the impact of traditional masculinity beliefs on alexithymia and psychological adjustment in adults. It shows that adherence to traditional male role beliefs could negatively impact psychological functioning across gender, but especially in men. Study 2 briefly describes the development of The Caribbean Symptom Checklist, designed to assess psychopathology in adults and documents efforts to begin estimating the psychometric properties of this measure. Study 3 explores the factor structure of the Caribbean Emotional and Behavioral Strengths measure (CEBS) across Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad. It reveals that the CEBS might have a similar factor structure across the three countries. Studies described in this paper could scaffold additional programmatic quantitative research efforts in the region.