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Parents' description of conduct problems in their children - a test of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) in a Swedish sample aged 3-10.

Journal article
Authors Ulf Axberg
Jan Johansson Hanse
Anders G Broberg
Published in Scandinavian journal of psychology
Volume 49
Issue 6
Pages 497-505
ISSN 0036-5564
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 497-505
Language en
Keywords Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI), parent rating scale, Swedish standardization, disruptive behavior problems, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA)
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry, Children


The Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) is a widely used 36-item uni-dimensional parent rating scale constructed to measure disruptive behavior problems in children. However, in an American sample a 22-item version, including three subscales, has been suggested in order to increase the usefulness of the ECBI. Two studies were conducted to test the ECBI in a Swedish sample (N = 841). The aims of Study I were (a) examine the psychometric properties of the ECBI (b) to investigate the correspondence between mothers' and fathers' ratings, and (c) to obtain Swedish norms. The aim of Study II was to test the suggested three-factor solution in the Swedish sample using a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The ECBI showed good psychometric properties also in the present study, and Swedish normative data is presented. The best-fitting CFA-model was identical to the previously suggested three-factor model, which thus might be a useful alternative to the 36-item version.

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