What norms should I use for CBCLs and C-TRFs completed by people from societies that are not listed in Table 2-1?

Answer: One option is to elect norms for a listed society that you think is most similar to the society from which the respondents come. If none of the listed societies seems sufficiently similar, you can elect to display the CBCL and/or C-TRF scale scores in relation to Group 1, then Group 2, and then Group 3 norms to see whether scale scores are in the borderline or clinical ranges according to any of the norms. If the answer is no, the conclusion would be that the scale scores show no evidence of clinical deviance in relation to any set of norms. On the other hand, if scale scores are in the borderline or clinical range according to all three sets of norms, the conclusion would be that there is evidence of clinical deviance across all available norms. If clinical deviance is found in relation to only one or two sets of norms, then the user should consider the differential pertinence of the norms that do vs. do not indicate deviance. In any event, because the scales measure degrees to which particular kinds of problems are reported, scores that are slightly below or slightly above a borderline or clinical cutpoint convey similar information about needs for help.

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