College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Child and Adolescent Burden Assessment (CABA): Measuring the Family Impact of Emotional and Behavioral Problems.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1996

Publication Title

International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

ISSN

1049-8931

Volume

6

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Describes the development and characteristics of the Child and Adolescent Burden Assessment (CABA) for the measurement of family caretaker burden resulting from children's psychiatric disturbance. Data is presented on factor composition, internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and criterion-related validity of the CABA examined in 4,500 community children (aged 9, 11, and 13 yrs), 121 seriously emotionally disturbed children (aged 9–18 yrs), and 19 psychiatric in and out patients (aged 10–18 yrs). Factor analyses demonstrated a robust general burden construct in both the community and clinical samples. Internal consistency reliability estimates were high. Test–retest stability over a 1-wk period was adequate in a small clinical sample. Criterion-related validity was supported in comparisons of mean burden levels between community and clinical samples. It is stated that ongoing work will help clarify the CABA's strengths and weaknesses as an assessment and outcome measure for clinical use. The Child and Adolescent Burden Assessment Parent Interview is appended.

DOI

10.1002/(SICI)1234-988X(199612)6:4<261::AID-MPR169>3.3.CO;2-3

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