Cross-Informant Agreement Between Parent-Reported and Adolescent Self-Reported Quality of Life in children with externalising symptoms

Dóra Szentiványi, J. Halász, Lili O. Horváth, Gergely Mészáros, Martina Miklós, Mónika Miklósi, Szabina Velo, Péter Vida, Judit Balázs

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BACKGROUND: It is well-known phenomena both in clinical practice and research, that there is a discrepancy between the parents' and children's report about children's Quality of Life (QoL). The purpose of our research was to examine the differences in self and caregiver's proxy report of child's QoL. We also compared mothers', fathers' and other caregivers' reports of children's QoL. METHODS: Patients with externalizing symptoms in their history, aged 13-18 years were selected from the Vadaskert Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital and Outpatient Clinic. We used the Inventory of Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents (QL), parent and children version to measure the children's QoL. We used F-factor analysis (Principal Component Analysis and direct oblimin rotation) and t-tests for data analysis. RESULTS: Altogether 138 caregiver-child dyads filled the QL. The adolescents mean age was 14.47 years (SD=.40). Seventy-four mothers, 37 fathers and 27 other caregivers were included into our study. The caregivers' ratings were settled sorted into three factors, the adolescents' ratings were settled sorted into two factors. We found significant differences between mothers, fathers and other caregivers' ratings in the following domains of QoL: school, loneliness, peer relations, physical health, mental health and problem/illness. The caregivers evaluated adolescents' QoL more positively then the adolescents did (t=761, df=139, p<0,0001). CONCLUSIONS: The caregivers and their children's reported different domains of QoL as problematic. Therefore, it is important to gain information from several sources about the adolescent's QoL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-339
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatria Hungarica : A Magyar Pszichiatriai Tarsasag tudomanyos folyoirata
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2017


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