A study of the construct validity of the Behavioral Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) within the juvenile offender population
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The current study sought to evaluate the construct validity of the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) Self-Report of Personality-Adolescent (SRP-A) as a broad screening measure for use within the juvenile offender population. The BASC-2 SRP-A is recommended for this purpose but has not been validated for use within this population. Results from Confirmatory Factor Analysis (n=205) provided evidence of adequate fit of the five-factor higher-order model (Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004) with the data from the current study. The individual scales of the instrument demonstrated good to excellent internal consistency except for two scales; Sensation Seeking and Self-Reliance. Inter-scale correlations of SRP-A scales were in expected directions, while specific correlations with MMPI-A scales provided strong support for convergent validity. Based on these results, the BASC-2 SRP-A is supported for use within the juvenile offender population as a broad screening instrument.