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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Cross-Informant Agreement Among Parents and Children
Author:   Staci Suzanne Mullins
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   School Psychology, Ed.S.
Degree:   Education Specialist
Committee Director:   Dr. Sandra Stroebel
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/28/2010

Rating scales are often used by school psychologists to assess for emotional and behavioral disorders in students. While one advantage of rating scales is that data can be collected and assessed from multiple informants, research has shown that agreement between multiple informants is usually low to moderate, with the lowest being between parents and youth. The Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) is a new multi-dimensional rating scale claiming to have moderate parent/youth agreement. The purpose of this study was to analyze the cross-informant agreement between youth and parents using the Conners CBRS and then compare the correlations from the collected sample to the normative sample of the CBRS. Low correlations were found between the ratings of parents and children on all Conners CBRS content scales, except for Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. Results also revealed significantly lower correlations than the normative sample for Emotional Distress, Violence Potential, and Physical Symptoms.  

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