Behavior problems in young children: An analysis of cross-informant agreements and disagreements

Deborah Gross, Louis Fogg, Christine Garvey, Wrenetha Julion

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This study examined (a) convergence between parents' and day care teachers' ratings of children's behavior problems, and (b) whether agreements and disagreements were associated with characteristics of the informant, context, or measures. Parents of 241, 2-4-year old children in day care centers serving low-income families completed measures of child behavior problems, parenting style, stress, depression, and self-efficacy. Teachers completed a measure of classroom behavior problems. There was a low correlation between parents' and teachers' ratings of child behavior (r = .17), and few children (2.5%) received high behavior problem scores from both parents and teachers. Cross-informant agreement on high behavior problem children was related to characteristics of the informants and home context. Implications for identifying children at risk are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-425
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavior problems
  • Cross-informant agreement
  • Preschool children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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