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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Dec;69(6):1018-25.

Why are we here at the clinic? Parent-child (dis)agreement on referral problems at outpatient treatment entry.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.


Do clinic-referred children and their parents agree on the problems for which treatment is undertaken? The authors asked 381 outpatient-clinic-referred children and their parents to list, independently, the child's target problems. Of the parent-child pairs, 63% failed to agree on even a single problem. When problems were grouped into broad categories (e.g., delinquent, withdrawn), more than a third of the pairs still failed to agree on a single broad problem area. Parent-child agreement was higher for externalizing than for internalizing problem categories (though poor for both). Low parent-child agreement may help explain the poor outcomes often reported for clinic-based child therapy.

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