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Sinhala translation of child behaviour checklist: validity and reliability

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BCV Senaratna ,

Lecturer in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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H Perera,

Professor in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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P Fonseka

2Professor in Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Objective To translate the child behaviour checklist (CBCL) into Sinhala and validate it for assessment of mental health status of children aged 5-10 years.

Design and setting Translation/back-translation method was used to translate the English CBCL into Sinhala. Each item in the Sinhala CBCL (CBCL-S) was rated by mental health professionals to determine semantics, content, and conceptual validity types. To ascertain criterion validity, total scores obtained for CBCL-S by administering it to parents or parent surrogates of 49 girls and 80 boys aged 5-10 years attending the specialist psychiatry clinics and 69 boys and 69 girls in the same age group from the community were compared with clinical diagnoses by a child psychiatrist. Receiver operator characteristic curves were drawn to obtain the cut-off points in CBCL-S for boys and girls separately.

Results Semantics, content, and conceptual and criterion validity of CBCL-S were satisfactory. At the cut-off level of 39, CBCL-S had a sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 88% for boys and a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 92% for girls. Internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and inter-interviewer reliability of CBCL-S were satisfactory.

Interpretation CBCL-S is a valid and reliable instrument to measure mental health status of Sinhalese children aged 5-10 years in Sri Lanka.  

doi:10.4038/cmj.v53i2.230  

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2008 pp. 40-44

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.230
How to Cite: Senaratna, B., Perera, H. and Fonseka, P., 2008. Sinhala translation of child behaviour checklist: validity and reliability. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(2), pp.40–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.230
Published on 12 Dec 2008.
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