The Behaviour of 3‐year‐old Children: Prevalence and Parental Perception of Problem Behaviour: a Research Note

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Abstract A rating of parental concern was added to the Behaviour Checklist (BCL), which was then used as part of a Health Visitor administered routine developmental assessment of 11 70, 3‐year‐aId children. The overall prevalence of behaviour problems using a cut‐off score of 10 was 10%, with 66% of parents having one or more concerns about their child. There were no sex differences. Parents of only children had more concerns on 6 of the 19 items even though their children behaved no differently from those with siblings. The usefulness of the BCL as n routine screening measure and the need la identify and address parental concerns at an early stage is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-421
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993


  • behaviour problems
  • parental concern
  • prevalence
  • Pre‐school children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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