Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 242–253 | Cite as

Determinants of Multiple Informant Agreement on Child and Adolescent Behavior

  • Marc Stuart KarverEmail author
Original Article

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 problems inter-rater reliability cross-informant agreement parent and child/adolescent report saliency 



This research was funded by the U.S. Army Health Services Command (DA-DA10–89-C-0013) as a subcontract from the North Carolina Department of Human Resources/Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The author wishes to thank Dr. Leonard Bickman who provided access to this rich data set, Dr. Warren Lambert who provided ongoing statistical support, Meghan Pelletier for assisting in preparation of this paper, and the anonymous reviewers who offered numerous helpful suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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