Children’s Behavior Questionnaire-Very Short Form

My child:
1. Seems to always be in a big hurry to get from one place to another
2. Gets quite frustrated when prevented from doing something s/he wants to do.
3. When drawing or coloring in a book‚ shows strong concentration.
4. Likes going down high slides or other adventurous activities.
5. Is quite upset by a little cut or bruise.
6. Prepares for trips and outings by planning things s/he will need.
7. Often rushes into new situations.
8. Tends to become sad if the family’s plans don’t work out.
9. Likes being sung to.
10. Seems to be at ease with almost any person.
11. Is afraid of burglars or the “boogie man.”
12. Notices it when parents are wearing new clothing.
13. Prefers quiet activities to active games.
14. When angry about something‚ s/he tends to stay upset for ten minutes or longer.
15. When building or putting something together‚ becomes very involved in what s/he is doing‚ and works for long periods.
16. Likes to go high and fast when pushed on a swing.
17. Seems to feel depressed when unable to accomplish some task.
18. Is good at following instructions.
19. Takes a long time in approaching new situations.
20. Hardly ever complains when ill with a cold.
21. Likes the sound of words‚ such as nursery rhymes.
22. Is sometimes shy even around people s/he has known a long time.
23. Is very difficult to soothe when s/he has become upset.
24. Is quickly aware of some new item in the living room.
25. Is full of energy‚ even in the evening.
26. Is not afraid of the dark.
27. Sometimes becomes absorbed in a picture book and looks at it for a long time.
28. Likes rough and rowdy games.
29. Is not very upset at minor cuts or bruises.
30. Approaches places s/he has been told are dangerous slowly and cautiously.
31. Is slow and unhurried in deciding what to do next.
32. Gets angry when s/he can’t find something s/he wants to play with.
33. Enjoys gentle rhythmic activities such as rocking or swaying.
34. Sometimes turns away shyly from new acquaintances.
35. Becomes upset when loved relatives or friends are getting ready to leave following a visit.
36. Comments when a parent has changed his/her appearance.
Short Form Scale (94 items) Activity Level 0.65-0.74 ; Anger/Frustration 0.69-0.78; Approach/Positive Anticipation 0.57-.70; Attentional Focusing 0.70-0.73; Discomfort0.69-0.82; Falling Reactivity/Soothability 0.67-0.80; Fear0.54-0.60; High Intensity Pleasure 0.66-0.76; Impulsivity0.54-0.74; Inhibitory Control 0.62-0.72; Low Intensity Pleasure0.62-0.82; Perceptual Sensitivity 0.60-0.76; Sadness 0.43-0.61; Smiling and Laughter0.55-0.72; and Shyness 0.79-0.82.
Very Short Form Scale (36 items) Surgency .73‚ .70‚ .76; Negative Affect .66‚ .70‚ .67; Effortful Control .78‚ .62‚ .77
1. extremely untrue of your child
2. quite untrue of your child
3. slightly untrue of your child
4. neither true nor false of your child
5. slightly true of your child
6. quite true of your child
7. extremely true of your child
NA (not applicable)
For questions regarding the CBQ‚ CBQ-SF‚ or CBQ-VSF‚ contact Samuel Putnam at [email protected] (postal mail: Department of Psychology‚ Bowdoin College‚ 6900 College Station‚ Brunswick‚ ME 04011)
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Putnam‚ S. P.‚ & Rothbart‚ M. K. (2006). Development of Short and Very Short forms of the Children’s Behavior Questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment‚ 87 (1)‚ 103-113.