Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 242–253

Determinants of Multiple Informant Agreement on Child and Adolescent Behavior

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10802-005-9015-6

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Karver, M.S. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2006) 34: 242. doi:10.1007/s10802-005-9015-6

This study examined whether characteristics of behavioral items reported by parent and child are related to parent–child agreement. Data were collected from 20 judges rating 59 child behaviors on 11 dimensions hypothesized to affect parent–child agreement. Data from 675 parent–child dyads (85% female caregivers, 62% male children, aged 7–17) reporting on 59 child behaviors were used to examine agreement. Behavior characteristics accounted for 43% of variability in parent–child agreement. Three components, saliency to the parent, saliency to the child, and observability/willingness to report, contributed uniquely to prediction of agreement.


behavior problemsinter-rater reliabilitycross-informant agreementparent and child/adolescent reportsaliency

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA