ERIC Number: ED319495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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A Comparison of Mothers' and Children's Reports of Life Stress in the Children's Lives.
O'Brien, Robert W.; Iannotti, Ronald J.
A sample of 212 urban, black mothers and their 8- through 12-year-old children responded to questionnaires about the frequency of potentially stressful life events experienced by the children and the feelings the children had when the events took place. A 49-item questionnaire addressed childen's concerns regarding the stress categories of home environment, family, school, drugs and alcohol, money, peers, interpersonal conflict, fear of physical harm, continuity and discontinuity, health, and lifestyle. There were significant differences between mothers' and children's reports on total life stress events and eight of the stress categories. Correlations indicated that mothers may have been valid judges of the relative stress of their children in many categories. However, results of direct comparisons suggested either that mothers were underreporting the frequency and salience of life stress events in their children's lives, or that children, particularly girls, overreported the frequency and magnitude of life stress events in their lives. Surprisingly, discrepancies between mothers and daughters were much more apparent than those between mothers and sons. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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