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ERIC Number: EJ874976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1063-4266
Parent Agreement on Ratings of Children's Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Broadband Externalizing Behaviors
Langberg, Joshua M.; Epstein, Jeffery N.; Simon, John O.; Loren, Richard E. A.; Arnold, L. Eugene; Hechtman, Lily; Hinshaw, Stephen P.; Hoza, Betsy; Jensen, Peter S.; Pelham, William E.; Swanson, James M.; Wigal, Timothy
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v18 n1 p41-50 2010
Mothers and fathers often disagree in their ratings of child behavior, as evidenced clinically and as supported by a substantial literature examining parental agreement on broadband rating scales. The present study examined mother-father agreement on "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual"-based symptom-specific ratings of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as compared to agreement on broadband ratings of externalizing behavior. Based on mother and father ratings of 324 children who participated in the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA), parental agreement was computed and patterns of disagreement examined. Mother-father ratings were significantly correlated; however, a clear pattern of higher ratings by mothers was present. Agreement on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptom-specific ratings was significantly lower than that for broadband externalizing behaviors and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. Of several moderator variables tested, parental stress was the only one that predicted the discrepancy in ratings. Disagreement between parents is clinically significant and may pose complications to the diagnostic process. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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