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Periodical Title

Journal of Adolescent and Family Health

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

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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Please address correspondence regarding this article to Kimberly Renk, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Department of Psychology, Orlando, FL 32816.

Subject

Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene

Keyword

cross-informant ratings; adolescents; friendship; behavior ratings

Discipline

Family Medicine

Document Type

articles

DCMI Type

Text

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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