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Normative data on the Missouri Children's Picture Series and the Missouri Children's Behavior Checklist with southern black children


Normative data are presented for Southern black children on two objective personality inventories for children: the Missouri Children's Picture Series (MCPS), a child picture-sorting task, and the Missouri Children's Behavior Checklist (MBCL), a parent rating scale. The MCPS was administered to 615 black children attending public schools in a low socioeconomic area of the southeast United States. Parents returned the MBCL on 437 of the children. Means and standard deviations on eight MCPS personality scales and six MCBL behavior rating scales are presented for black males and females at ages 5 through 16, and effects of age, sex, and various scale intercorrelations are discussed. Results suggest systematic age and sex differences on the various scales for black children that are quite atypical when compared with the MCPS in other samples. Various empirical questions regarding the validity of these instruments when used with Southern black children are raised.

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Kelley, C.K., King, G.D. Normative data on the Missouri Children's Picture Series and the Missouri Children's Behavior Checklist with southern black children. J Abnorm Child Psychol 8, 421–433 (1980).

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  • Standard Deviation
  • Normative Data
  • Public School
  • Parent Rating
  • Behavior Rating