Parent-youth agreement on self-reported competencies of youth with depressive and suicidal symptoms.

TitleParent-youth agreement on self-reported competencies of youth with depressive and suicidal symptoms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMbekou V, MacNeil S, Gignac M, Renaud J
JournalCan J Psychiatry
Issue2 Suppl 1
Date Published2015 Feb
KeywordsAdolescent, Age Factors, Depression, Female, Humans, Male, Parents, Self Report, Sex Factors, Suicidal Ideation

OBJECTIVE: A multi-informant approach is often used in child psychiatry. The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment uses this approach, gathering parent reports on the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) and youth reports on the Youth Self-Report (YSR), which contain scales assessing both the child's problems and competencies. Agreement between parent and youth perceptions of their competencies on these forms has not been studied to date.METHOD: Our study examined the parent-youth agreement of competencies on the CBCL and YSR from a sample of 258 parent-youth dyads referred to a specialized outpatient clinic for depressive and suicidal disorders. Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated for all competency scales (activity, social, and academic), with further examinations based on youth's sex, age, and type of problem.RESULTS: Weak-to-moderate parent-youth agreements were reported on the activities and social subscales. For the activities subscale, boys' ratings had a strong correlation with parents' ratings, while it was weak for girls. Also, agreement on activities and social subscales was stronger for dyads with the youth presenting externalizing instead of internalizing problems.CONCLUSION: Agreement on competencies between parents and adolescents varied based on competency and adolescent sex, age, and type of problem.

Alternate JournalCan J Psychiatry
PubMed ID25886673
PubMed Central IDPMC4345849
Grant List / / Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Canada