Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 193–210 | Cite as

Cross-Informant Ratings of the Emotional and Behavioral Functioning of College Students

  • Kimberly Renk
  • Reesa Donnelly
  • Jenny Klein
  • Arazais Oliveros
  • Elizabeth Baksh
Original Paper


One hundred seventy-four college students and a subset of their mothers and fathers provided ratings of college students’ emotional and behavioral functioning. College students and their mothers and fathers demonstrated variable levels of correspondence in their ratings of college students’ internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Similar findings were noted with t-test comparisons, with college students rating themselves as experiencing significantly higher levels of behavior problems than did their mothers and fathers. Further, college students’ ratings of their mothers’ and fathers’ parenting and their perceptions of their parents predicted significantly their ratings of their own behavior problems. Although mothers’ communication reciprocity and perceptions of their college students served as significant predictors of mothers’ ratings, a different pattern of results occurred with paternal variables. Overall, these findings further the understanding of correspondence and predictors of cross-informant ratings of college students’ emotional and behavioral functioning.


Informant ratings Emotional and behavioral functioning College students Mothers Fathers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly Renk
    • 1
  • Reesa Donnelly
    • 1
  • Jenny Klein
    • 1
  • Arazais Oliveros
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Baksh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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