This study reports the standardization of the Early Childhood Inventory (ECI-4) on Romanian population. Psychometric properties were measured both in clinical and non-clinical groups of children aged between 3 and 7 years. The results of the statistical analysis emerged revealed that ECI-4 is a reliable and valid screening tool for Romanian childrenâs mental health, being in consonance with the original version of ECI-4. The study also presents the elaboration of norms procedure. ECI- 4 is a useful screening tool for psychiatric problems in preschool children. It can be used in assessment, intervention, follow-up of the treatment, as well as for research purposes.
KEYWORDS: preschool mental health, screening instrument, behavior problems, multi-informant evaluation.