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Table 2 Scale reliability coefficients for CBCL item scales and goodness of fit statistics for CBCL seven-syndrome structure

From: Evaluation of psychometric properties and factorial structure of the pre-school child behaviour checklist at the Kenyan Coast

Subscales Cronbach’s alpha: all children (95 % CI) Cronbach’s alpha: boys (95 % CI) Cronbach’s alpha: girls (95 % CI) RMSEA: all children CFI: all children TLI: all children
Emotionally reactive 0.70 (0.65–0.75) 0.71 (0.64–0.78) 0.68 (0.61–0.75) 0.039 0.97 0.96
Anxiously depressed 0.74 (0.70–0.77) 0.77 (0.72–0.82) 0.69 (0.62–0.76) 0.050 0.97 0.95
Somatic complaints 0.69 (0.65–0.73) 0.67 (0.61–0.73) 0.71 (0.65–0.77) 0.054 0.94 0.92
Withdrawn 0.53 (0.46–0.59) 0.50 (0.40–0.60) 0.55 (0.45–0.65) 0.000 1.00 1.00
Sleep problems 0.65 (0.60–0.70) 0.72 (0.67–0.77) 0.49 (0.37–0.61) 0.061 0.97 0.93
Attention problems 0.57 (0.50–0.64) 0.59 (0.50–0.68) 0.57 (0.47–0.67) 0.000 1.00 1.00
Aggressive behaviour 0.86 (0.84–0.88) 0.87 (0.85–0.89) 0.84 (0.80–0.88) 0.077 0.83 0.80
Internalising subscales 0.87 (0.85–0.89) 0.87 (0.85–0.89) 0.87 (0.84–0.90) 0.030 0.97 0.95
Externalising subscales 0.86 (0.84–0.88) 0.88 (0.85–0.91) 0.85 (0.81–0.89) 0.039 0.92 0.90
  1. Acceptable coefficient alpha were those >60, while acceptable fit indices were those <0.09 for RMSEA and those >0.90 for CFI and TLI
  2. CI confidence interval, RMSEA root mean squared error of approximation, CFI Comparative fit index, TLI Tucker–lewis index