ERIC Number: EJ775587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Adolescent-Mother Agreement about Adolescent Problem Behaviors: Direction and Predictors of Disagreement
Barker, Erin T.; Bornstein, Marc H.; Putnick, Diane L.; Hendricks, Charlene; Suwalsky, Joan T. D.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n7 p950-962 Oct 2007
Correlations between adolescent and parent reports of adolescent problems are low in magnitude. In community samples adolescents tend to report "more" problems than parents and in clinical samples adolescents tend to report "fewer" problems than parents. Indices of agreement may be biased if some adolescents in a given sample report more problems and others report fewer problems than parents. In the current study, order and mean agreement between adolescent and maternal reports of adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems, taking into account the direction of disagreement, was examined in a community sample of 133 young adolescents and their mothers. Two-thirds to three-quarters of adolescents reported more problems than mothers. Accounting for the direction of discrepancies resulted in improved agreement between adolescents and mothers and differing patterns of predictors of discrepancies. Additionally, the results demonstrate the need to control for relations between adolescent-reported problems and discrepancies when exploring predictors of discrepancies.
Descriptors: Mothers, Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Correlation, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Measurement Techniques
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