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Validating the Ontario Child Health Scale in a UK population

Lookup NU author(s): Anthony Hildreth


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The Ontario Child Health Scale (OCHS) was one of the first scales to seek to assess a broad range of formally defined psychiatric disorders using a checklist format. The performance of the teacher version of this instrument is reported in a UK population of children attending a special educational provision for emotionally and behaviourally disordered (EBD) pupils. Against DSM-IV criteria the instrument proved to have retained its convergent and discriminant validity although it was somewhat less effective in detecting internalising disorders and discriminating oppositional defiance from other behavioural disorders. Overall the results confirm the usefulness of this instrument as a screening tool in a UK population.

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Author(s): Place M, Martin E, Hildreth AJ, Wilson J, Hulsmeier J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Year: 1999

Volume: 8

Issue: 4

Pages: 255-259

Print publication date: 01/12/1999

ISSN (print): 1018-8827

ISSN (electronic): 1435-165X

Publisher: Springer Medizin


DOI: 10.1007/s007870050099


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