Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 151–165 | Cite as

Agreement Between Parent- and Self-Reports of Psychopathic Traits and Externalizing Behaviors in a Clinical Sample

  • Yoon Phaik Ooi
  • Andrea L. Glenn
  • Rebecca P. Ang
  • Stefania Vanzetti
  • Tiziana Falcone
  • Jens Gaab
  • Daniel SS Fung
Original Article


A number of studies have identified discrepancies in informant ratings of externalizing behaviors in youth, but it is unclear whether similar discrepancies exist between informants when rating psychopathic traits. In this study, we examined parent–child agreement on ratings of both psychopathic traits and externalizing behaviors, and examined the factors that influence agreement in both of these domains. A total of 282 children between 7 and 16 years (M = 10.60 years, SD = 1.91) from an outpatient child psychiatric clinic participated in this study. Our findings revealed low levels of parent–child agreement on these measures (ICC values ranging from .02 to .30 for psychopathic traits; ICC values ranging from .09 to .30 for externalizing behaviors). In addition, our findings did not support the moderating effects of child’s age, gender, clinical diagnosis, informant, and parental conflict on the relationship between parent- and child-ratings of psychopathic traits and externalizing behaviors. Further research is needed to better understand how parents and child reports of child’s externalizing behaviors and psychopathic traits are similar and/or different from one another and factors that influence these agreements.


Parent–child agreement Psychopathic traits Externalizing behaviors Child Behavior Checklist Antisocial Process Screening Device 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoon Phaik Ooi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea L. Glenn
    • 3
  • Rebecca P. Ang
    • 4
  • Stefania Vanzetti
    • 1
  • Tiziana Falcone
    • 1
  • Jens Gaab
    • 1
  • Daniel SS Fung
    • 2
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryInstitute of Mental HealthSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior ProblemsUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosa, ALUSA
  4. 4.Psychological Studies, Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  5. 5.Lee Kong Chian School of MedicineNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  6. 6.Yong Loo Lin School of MedicineNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  7. 7.Clinical SciencesDUKE-NUS Medical School SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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