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

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posted on 01.01.2011, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, Jessica Wong, X Xu
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.

History

Journal

Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology

Volume

40

Issue

6

Pagination

890 - 896

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

ISSN

1537-4416

Language

eng

Notes

Available online 24 Oct 2011

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis