Predictive value of informant discrepancies in reports of parenting: Relations to early adolescents' adjustment

Kim Guion, Sylvie Mrug, Michael Windle

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Research has demonstrated a lack of agreement between parent and child reports across a range of parent and child variables. These discrepancies hinder the interpretation of research findings as well as diagnostic and treatment decisions in clinical practice. The current study examined the hypothesis that discrepancies between parent and child reports of parenting can be useful as predictors of future child outcomes. The participants included 559 early adolescents and their primary caregivers (79% African American, 21% Caucasian). Both respondents provided information on parental nurturance, harsh discipline and inconsistent discipline. A year later, information of adolescents' internalizing problems, externalizing problems, and social competence was collected. Structural equation modeling revealed that parent-child discrepancies in parenting reports could be explained by a latent factor which was a significant predictor of child internalizing problems and social competence, but not of externalizing problems, after adjusting for initial internalizing and externalizing problems. The three models applied across gender and ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adjustment
  • Adolescent
  • Agreement
  • Informant discrepancies
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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