Short measures of youth psychopathology: psychometric properties of the brief problem monitor (BPM) and the behavior and feelings survey (BFS) in a Norwegian clinical sample
AuthorRognstad, Kristian; Saugestad Helland, Siri; Neumer, Simon-Peter; Baardstu, Silje; Kjøbli, John
Methods: We investigated the factor structure and validity of the Norwegian translations of the Behavior and Feel‑ ings Survey (BFS) and the Brief Problem Monitor (BPM). The BFS has previously shown a two-factor structure and indications of validity as a measure of internalizing and externalizing problems in youth. The BPM has support for a three-factor structure of internalizing, externalizing, and attention problems. In our sample of 503 patients (56% female, age 6 to 18) in a Norwegian outpatient clinic, we conducted confrmatory factor analyses to test the assumed measurement models and further considered the concurrent validity of the measures.
Results: Internal reliability of both measures were good. The results suggest that the assumed measurement models for both questionnaires only partly ft our data but that subscales of the BFS and BPM still indicate convergent validity. Scores on subscales (internalizing and externalizing problems) on both measures converged with relevant subscales as well as with relevant groups of diagnoses.
Conclusions: Alternative measurement models, and the usefulness and limitations of these short-form question‑ naires for internalizing and externalizing problems, are discussed.