Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, New York University Medical Center, 403 East 34th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, USA.
The convergent validity and clinical utility of two parent-report child behavior rating scales, the Behavior Assessment System for Children-Parent Rating Scales (BASC-PRS) and Child Behavior Checklist/Ages 6-18 (CBCL), in children with epilepsy were examined. Analogous broadband and narrowband behavior rating scales were evaluated in 60 subjects aged 6-17 years (mean=11.0, SD=3.4) with Full Scale IQ >70. Correlations for each similarly labeled scale were statistically significant (P<0.002) and greater with broadband (r=0.71-0.79) than with narrowband (r=0.41-0.78) scales. The BASC captured significantly less composite internalizing symptoms (P<0.002), but more unusual thought processes (P<0.0002) and attention problems versus a CBCL DSM-oriented attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder scale (P<0.002). Variation in the correlations between measures may stem from underlying differences between rationally-and empirically-derived approaches to test construction. Both the CBCL and BASC have diagnostic and clinical utility in assessing behavior problems in pediatric epilepsy.
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