ERIC Number: EJ914525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Informant Discrepancies in Assessing Child Dysfunction Relate to Dysfunction within Mother-Child Interactions
De Los Reyes, Andres; Kazdin, Alan E.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n5 p643-661 Oct 2006
We examined whether mother-child discrepancies in perceived child behavior problems relate to dysfunctional interactions between mother and child and stress in the mother. Participants included 239 children (6-16 years old; 58 girls, 181 boys) referred for oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior, and their mothers. Mother-child discrepancies in perceived child behavior problems were related to mother-child conflict. Moreover, maternal stress mediated this relationship. The findings suggest that discrepancies among mother and child evaluations of child functioning are not merely reflections of different perspectives or artifacts of the assessment process, but can form components of conceptual models that can be developed and tested to examine the interrelations among critical domains of child, parent, and family functioning.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Mothers, Antisocial Behavior, Child Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, Stress Variables, Children, Adolescents, Aggression, Parent Attitudes, Conflict, Attitude Measures, Childhood Attitudes
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