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J Clin Psychol. 1996 Nov;52(6):599-608.

Parent ratings of children's depression, anxiety, and aggression: a cross-sample analysis of agreement and differences with child and teacher ratings.

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Texas Tech University, Department of Psychology, Lubbock 79409-2051, USA.


Parent ratings of depression, anxiety, and aggression in elementary school and impatient 8- to 12-year-olds were evaluated by examining their correspondence and discrepancies with parallel child and teacher ratings. Parent-child and parent-teacher correspondence was significantly better for elementary school than inpatient children on depression and anxiety. Parents and teachers reported similar levels of symptoms on all traits for elementary school children, yet parents reported significantly more symptoms than teachers in the inpatient sample. The level or severity of anxiety symptoms that parents reported in inpatient children was similar to that reported by children, yet inpatient children reported significantly less depression and aggression than parents. Elementary school children reported significantly more symptoms on all traits than parents. Age, sex, and sample differences in discrepancies were examined.

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