Parental and children's report of emotional problems: agreement, explanatory factors and event-emotion correlation
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2012
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Special Issue: Focus on child and adolescent mental health in schools
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 180–186, September 2013
How to Cite
Michels, N., Vanaelst, B., Stoppie, E., Huybrechts, I., Bammann, K., De Henauw, S. and Sioen, I. (2013), Parental and children's report of emotional problems: agreement, explanatory factors and event-emotion correlation. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 180–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00672.x
- Issue published online: 22 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 FEB 2012
- European Community
- The research council of Ghent University
- children's self-report;
- life events;
- parent-child agreement;
As often only parents are addressed, studying parent-child agreement and its explanatory factors is crucial in gaining accurate information on young children's emotional problems.
Parental and children's reports of children's emotional problems (anger, anxiety, sadness) and children's reports of life events were gathered between February and June, 2010 from 464 Belgian nonclinical children 5–10 years old.
Children reported more emotional problems than their parents. Parental underestimation was higher in the case of girls, older children, nontraditional family structures and authoritative parenting style. Furthermore, life events and emotional problems were significantly correlated only when using children's reported emotions.
In our nonclinical children, interviewing both parents and children on children's emotional problems is necessary and parent-child disagreement can partially be explained by child or family characteristics.