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Keywords:

  • Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory;
  • preschool children;
  • race/ethnicity;
  • validity

Abstract

This study evaluated the reliability, equivalence, and convergent validity of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) in 682, 2- to 4-year-old children. For analysis, parent informants' data were blocked by race/ethnicity (African–American, Latino, non-Latino White), family income (low versus middle/upper), child's gender, and ECBI language version (English and Spanish). ECBI scales had high internal consistency reliabilities and good convergence with the Child Behavior Checklist/1–5. Some racial/ethnic and income effects were found. There were no mean differences by ECBI language version or by child gender. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a single-factor invariant model of the ECBI Intensity Scale provided a good fit with the data across racial/ethnic and income groups. Implications for using the ECBI to measure behavior problems in young children of color are discussed. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30: 213–223, 2007