The Children's Affective Lability Scale: A psychometric evaluation of reliability

Arlene C Gerson, Joan P. Gerring, Lisa Freund, Paramjit T. Joshi, Joseph Capozzoli, Kathy Brady, Martha B. Denckla

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The Children's Affective Lability Scale (CALS) is a 20-item parent report measure developed to assess affect regulation in children aged 6-16. It was normed with school children in regular education classrooms and with children hospitalized in a psychiatric facility. Internal-consistency reliability, split-half reliability, and two-week test-retest reliability were excellent. Staff interrater reliability in the psychiatric sample was acceptable. Higher CALS scores were observed in an in-patient psychiatric sample than in either an out-patient or a normative sample. A principal components factor analysis yielded two components for the normative sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatry research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 20 1996


  • adolescence
  • affect regulation
  • children
  • mood lability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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