Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Externalizing Behavior Problems
Manfred H. M. van Dulmen
Externalizing behavior problems refer to the broad domain of behavior problems that are disruptive to the surroundings of children and adolescents, including delinquency and aggression. Some definitions of externalizing behavior problems also encompass attention problems. Externalizing behavior problems are sometimes referred to as antisocial behavior . Clinical levels of externalizing behavior problems are represented by the psychiatric diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most widely used measure of externalizing behavior problems is the Child Behavior Checklist battery of instruments. This battery is widely used by researchers, in part due to the fact that separate forms exist for assessing behavior problems by different informants and each form has well-established norms and is psychometrically sound. Based on a large body of research with the Child Behavior Checklist battery, it is currently a best practice to obtain reports from multiple informants on externalizing behavior ...