ERIC Number: EJ928914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Reporter Discrepancies among Parents, Adolescents, and Peers: Adolescent Attachment and Informant Depressive Symptoms as Explanatory Factors
Ehrlich, Katherine B.; Cassidy, Jude; Dykas, Matthew J.
Child Development, v82 n3 p999-1012 May-Jun 2011
The issue of informant discrepancies about child and adolescent functioning is an important concern for clinicians, developmental psychologists, and others who must consider ways of handling discrepant reports of information, but reasons for discrepancies in reports have been poorly understood. Adolescent attachment and informant depressive symptoms were examined as 2 explanations for absolute and directional discrepancies about adolescent symptoms, relationships, and social behavior in a sample of 189 eleventh-grade students (mean age = 16.5 years). Adolescent attachment predicted absolute discrepancies, with greater attachment coherence associated with fewer discrepancies in reports of adolescent depressive symptoms, parent-adolescent conflict, and adolescent externalizing behavior. Parents' but not adolescents' depressive symptoms sometimes predicted absolute discrepancies. Mothers' depressive symptoms and adolescent attachment predicted the direction of discrepancies for mother-peer reports only.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Psychologists, Adolescents, Developmental Psychology, Depression (Psychology), Parents, Peer Groups, Attachment Behavior, Grade 11, High School Students, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools; Secondary Education
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