The Children's Affective Lability Scale: A psychometric evaluation of reliability

Arlene C. Gerson, Joan P. Gerring, Lisa Freund, Paramjit T. Joshi, Joseph Capozzoli, Kathy Brady, Martha Bridge Denckla

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The Children's Affective Lability Scale (CALS) is a 20-item parent report measure developed to assess affect regulation in children aged 6-16. It was normed with school children in regular education classrooms and with children hospitalized in a psychiatric facility. Internal-consistency reliability, split-half reliability, and two-week test-retest reliability were excellent. Staff interrater reliability in the psychiatric sample was acceptable. Higher CALS scores were observed in an in-patient psychiatric sample than in either an out-patient or a normative sample. A principal components factor analysis yielded two components for the normative sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 20 1996



  • adolescence
  • affect regulation
  • children
  • mood lability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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Gerson, A. C., Gerring, J. P., Freund, L., Joshi, P. T., Capozzoli, J., Brady, K., & Denckla, M. B. (1996). The Children's Affective Lability Scale: A psychometric evaluation of reliability. Psychiatry Research, 65(3), 189-198.