Parent and Adolescent Agreement for Reports of Life Stressors

Shauna C. Kushner, Jennifer Tackett*

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Abstract

In this article, we investigated the extent and nature of informant discrepancies on parent- and adolescent self-report versions of a checklist measuring youth exposure to life stressors. Specifically, we examined (a) mean-level differences, relative consistency, and consensus for family-level and youth-specific stressors and (b) the utility of parent–youth discrepancies in accounting for variance in youth temperament and psychopathology. Participants were 106 parent–child dyads (47 male, 59 female; 90.6% mothers) aged 13 to 18 years old (M = 16.01, SD = 1.29). The results revealed evidence for both congruence and divergence in parent and youth reports, particularly with respect to respondents’ accounts of youth-specific stressors. Discrepancies for youth-specific stressors were associated with adolescents’ negative affectivity, surgency, effortful control, and internalizing problems. Discrepancies for youth stressors may therefore reveal individual differences in emotionality and self-regulation, thus reflecting meaningful variance in adolescents’ functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalAssessment
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • informant discrepancies
  • psychopathology
  • stressor checklists
  • temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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