Developing and Validating the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda: A Mixed Methods Approach

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Title: Developing and Validating the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda: A Mixed Methods Approach
Author: Ng, Lauren; Kanyanganzi, Frederick; Munyanah, Morris; Mushashi, Christine; Betancourt, Theresa Stichick

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Citation: Ng, Lauren C., Frederick Kanyanganzi, Morris Munyanah, Christine Mushashi, and Theresa Stichick Betancourt. 2014. "Developing and Validating the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda: A Mixed Methods Approach." PLoS ONE 9(6): e100549.
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Abstract: This study developed and validated the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda (YCPS-R).
Qualitative free listing (n = 74) and key informant interviews (n = 47) identified local conduct problems, which were compared to existing standardized conduct problem scales and used to develop the YCPS-R. The YCPS-R was cognitive tested by 12 youth and caregiver participants, and assessed for test-retest and inter-rater reliability in a sample of 64 youth. Finally, a purposive sample of 389 youth and their caregivers were enrolled in a validity study. Validity was assessed by comparing YCPS-R scores to conduct disorder, which was diagnosed with the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview for Children, and functional impairment scores on the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule Child Version. ROC analyses assessed the YCPS-R’s ability to discriminate between youth with and without conduct disorder. Qualitative data identified a local presentation of youth conduct problems that did not match previously standardized measures. Therefore, the YCPS-R was developed solely from local conduct problems. Cognitive testing indicated that the YCPS-R was understandable and required little modification. The YCPS-R demonstrated good reliability, construct, criterion, and discriminant validity, and fair classification accuracy. The YCPS-R is a locally-derived measure of Rwandan youth conduct problems that demonstrated good psychometric properties and could be used for further research.
Published Version: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100549
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24949628
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