Reliability and validity of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory with African-American and Latino Parents of Young Children

Deborah Gross, Louis Fogg, Michael Young, Alison Ridge, Julia Cowell, Abigail Sivan, Reginald Richardson

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Abstract

This study evaluated the reliability, equivalence, and convergent validity of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) in 682, 2-to 4-year-old children. For analysis, parent informants' data were blocked by race/ ethnicity (African-American, Latino, non-Latino White), family income (low versus middle/upper), child's gender, and ECBI language version (English and Spanish). ECBI scales had high internal consistency reliabilities and good convergence with the Child Behavior Checklist/11/2-5. Some racial/ ethnic and income effects were found. There were no mean differences by ECBI language version or by child gender. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a single-factor invariant model of the ECBI Intensity Scale provided a good fit with the data across racial/ethnic and income groups. Implications for using the ECBI to measure behavior problems in young children of color are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Eyberg child behavior inventory
  • Preschool children
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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