Psychometric properties of Turkish Version of the Behavior Problems Scale for high school students

Celik Orucu M., Bugay A., Tuna M. E., Cok F., Askar P.

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol.16, no.5, pp.337-345, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/apd.173180
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.337-345
  • Keywords: Behavior Problem Scale, reliability, validity, high school students, MENTAL-HEALTH PROBLEMS, LIFE SATISFACTION, PREVALENCE
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate the validity and reliability of the Behavior Problem Scale (BPS) in a sample of Turkish high school students. Methods: This is a descriptive study and confirmatory factor analysis was used. The scale was administered to 542 Anatolian high school students from 9th, 10th and 11th grades in Ankara. Results: Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted for both single and two-factor models of the Behavior problem Scale and the following indices were obtained: (chi(2)(35) = 166.09, p = 0.01; chi(2)/df = 4.745; GFI = 0.939, CFI = 0.893, RMSEA = 0.083, and SRMR = 0.049) for two-factor model. The internal consistency of the BPS was assessed by Cronbach's alpha, which was 0.80 for the total; 0.71 for rudeness; and 0.70 for disobedience. For criterion validity, Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS) was used. Pearson correlation coefficient revealed a significant negative correlation between BPS scores and MSLSS, suggesting that participants with a high BPS scores were more likely to score lower on the MSLSS. Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the Turkish version of the BPS provides a reliable and valid measure for Turkish high school students.