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CSBI™

Child Sexual Behavior Inventory

William N. Friedrich, PhD, ABPP

Purpose:
Helps you evaluate children who have been, or may have been, sexually abused
Format:
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
2 years to 12 years
Time:
5-10 minutes to administer; 15 minutes to score
Qualification level:
B
B
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The CSBI is a measure of sexual behavior in children that is completed by the mother or other primary female caregiver.

Features and benefits

  • For use with children ages 2-12 years who have been or may have been sexually abused.
  • Covers nine major content domains: Boundary Issues, Gender Role Behavior, Sexual Interest, Sexual Knowledge, Exhibitionism, Self-Stimulation, Sexual Intrusiveness, Voyeuristic Behavior, and Sexual Anxiety.
  • Written at a 5th-grade reading level; the primary female caregiver indicates how often she has observed each of the listed behaviors during the preceding 6 months.
  • The CSBI was normed on 1,114 children from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds in the general population. CSBI data from 512 children from child abuse centers also are presented.

Test structure

  • The CSBI Total scale indicates the overall level of sexual behavior the child exhibits.
  • The Developmentally Related Sexual Behavior (DRSB) scale indicates sexual behaviors that can be considered normative for the child’s age and gender.
  • The Sexual Abuse Specific Items (SASI) scale indicates sexual behaviors that can be viewed as relatively atypical for the child’s age and gender; such behaviors raise the suspicion of possible sexual abuse.