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ERIC Number: ED354672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 13
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Differences in Retrospective and Prospective Parental Reports of Children's Behaviors.
Abmayr, Sandra B.; Day, H. D.
The parents of 64 children (ages 5 to 12) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), other psychiatric diagnoses, and no history of school or home problems reported the frequency of their children's sleep disturbances in a 40-item questionnaire. Retrospective data were gathered by asking parents to report on the child's behaviors for the 6 months prior to an initial telephone interview. Parents were then instructed to spend the next 2 weeks observing the behaviors, and subsequently were interviewed to get their perceptions of the 2-week period. This prospective part of the study was then continued for another 2 weeks, at the end of which parents again reported the frequencies of sleep-related behaviors. Results suggest that parents of clinical children exaggerate the incidence of behavioral problems in their children when their reports are taken with retrospective methodology. Findings also indicate that such reports of the parents of ADHD children may be subject to greater distortion than those of children with other psychiatric diagnoses. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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