The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is a questionnaire widely used in psychological assessment and research for identifying competencies and problem behavior in children. The purpose of the CBCL is to be able to quickly obtain descriptive and quantitative information about a child’s functioning from a parent or caregiver. There are currently two versions of the CBCL: one for ages 1.5 to 5 (preschool) and one for ages 6 to 18 (school-age). By obtaining ratings of a child’s behavior and comparing those to norms for a child’s age and gender, the CBCL helps to quantify the severity level of the behavior. This entry briefly describes the history of the CBCL, related formats, the areas that it assesses, and how it is administered, scored, and normed.


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