Interparent agreement on the strengths and difficulties questionnaire : a Chinese study

Mellor, David, Wong, Jessica and Xu, Xiaoyan 2011, Interparent agreement on the strengths and difficulties questionnaire : a Chinese study, Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 890-896, doi: 10.1080/15374416.2011.614580.

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Title Interparent agreement on the strengths and difficulties questionnaire : a Chinese study
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Wong, Jessica
Xu, Xiaoyan
Journal name Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology
Volume number 40
Issue number 6
Start page 890
End page 896
Total pages 7
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1537-4416
Summary This article reports on the first study to investigate interparent agreement when the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is used to assess school-aged children. It is also the first study conducted in China on agreement between parents reporting on their child. Both parents of 380 girls and 320 boys completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Chinese version). Because reliabilities were poor, the Conduct Problems and Hyperactivity=Inattention subscales were merged to form an Externalizing Problems subscale, and the Peer Problems subscale as an independent variable was omitted from analyses. Consistent with past research, moderate to strong correlations were found between mother and father reports for emotional and behavioral problems, although interparent agreement was better for externalizing problems than internalizing problems for both girls and boys. Mothers reported significantly higher scores than fathers for prosocial behaviors for their sons. Findings suggest that, in general, one parent’s report will be similar to the other’s when the SDQ is used in the form adapted for this study. More work on the psychometric properties of the SDQ is needed in China.
Notes Available online 24 Oct 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15374416.2011.614580
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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