| Published: January 25, 2018
Behavioural Problems Scale (BPS): Construction and Validation
The objective of the study was to develop Behavioural Problems Scale (BPS) and to investigate its psychometric properties in Indian sample of adolescents. To assess behavioural problems, 18-item draft was formulated by the researcher based on Achenbach and Rescorla Model of Behavioural Problems (2001), with emphasis on the cultural appropriateness. 10 items were finalized in the final draft. Data on 1,129 participants, of which 548 were male and 581 were female adolescents, aged 16 to 20, collected from different higher secondary institutions of Anantnag, Baramulla, and Srinagar area of Kashmir valley were examined. Principle Component Analysis was conducted to assess the construct Validity. The model was further tested with Confirmatory Factor Analysis. To establish the validity of the test interpretations, the convergent validity of the test was assessed by correlating the test with Brief Problem Monitor-YF (Achenbach, et al., 2011); Beck Depression Inventory; and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BDI & BAI; Beck & Steer, 1993). Cronbach’s Alpha was then computed to assess the internal consistency of the scale. The results indicated that the BPS has satisfactory content, construct and convergent validity; and has appropriate internal consistency. Therefore, the BPS is more appropriate than the western-context developed measures to measure the behavioural problems in Indian Adolescents.
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Received: December 20, 2017; Revision Received: January 10, 2018; Accepted: January 25, 2018
Published in Volume 06, Issue 1, January-March, 2018