Understanding and using informants' reporting discrepancies of youth victimization: A conceptual model and recommendations for research

Kimberly L. Goodman, Andres de Los Reyes, Catherine P. Bradshaw

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Abstract

Discrepancies often occur among informants' reports of various domains of child and family functioning and are particularly common between parent and child reports of youth violence exposure. However, recent work suggests that discrepancies between parent and child reports predict subsequent poorer child outcomes. We propose a preliminary conceptual model (Discrepancies in Victimization Implicate Developmental Effects [DiVIDE]) that considers how and why discrepancies between parents' and youths' ratings of child victimization may be related to poor adjustment outcomes. The model addresses how dyadic processes, such as the parent-youth relationship and youths' information management, might contribute to discrepancies. We also consider coping processes that explain why discrepancies may predict increases in youth maladjustment. Based on this preliminary conceptual framework, we offer suggestions and future directions for researchers who encounter conflicting reports of community violence exposure and discuss why the proposed model is relevant to interventions for victimized youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-383
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Adolescent
  • Agreement
  • Community violence exposure
  • Informant discrepancies
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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