Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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The present study investigated the relative agreement between adolescent self-reports and friend informant reports of behavior problems as well as factors that might impact this agreement. High school students were placed into friendship dyads based on perceived friendship closeness and rated friendship quality, their own internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, and the behavior problems of their matched friend. Self- and friend ratings demonstrated high levels of agreement across behavior problems presentations. Further, raters’ own behavior problems were related inconsistently to rating agreement, whereas friendship quality demonstrated some impact on the informant’s reports of specific behavior problems. This study provided additional support for the utility of friend informants when ratings of adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing behavior problems are needed.
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Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Lauer, Brea-Anne and Renk, Kimberly
"Friendship and Informant Characteristics Associated with the Agreement among Adolescent and Friend Ratings of Behavior Problems,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 11:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol11/iss1/9