ERIC Number: EJ856212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Perceptions of Problem Behavior in Adolescents' Families: Perceiver, Target, and Family Effects
Manders, Willeke A.; Janssens, Jan M. A. M.; Cook, William L.; Oud, Johan H. L.; De Bruyn, Eric E. J.; Scholte, Ron H. J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n10 p1328-1338 Nov 2009
Considerable research has focused on the reliability and validity of informant reports of family behavior, especially maternal reports of adolescent problem behavior. None of these studies, however, has based their orientation on a theoretical model of interpersonal perception. In this study we used the social relations model (SRM) to examine family members' reports of each others' externalizing and internalizing problem behavior. Two parents and two adolescents in 69 families rated each others' behavior within a round-robin design. SRM analysis showed that within-family perceptions of externalizing and internalizing behaviors are consistently due to three sources of variance; perceiver, target, and family effects. A family/contextual effect on informant reports of problem behavior has not been previously reported.
Descriptors: Context Effect, Social Cognition, Adolescents, Reliability, Validity, Family Relationship, Family Environment, Behavior Problems, Measurement, Models, Parent Child Relationship, Evaluation Methods
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