Behavioral problems of adolescents with chronic physical illness: A comparison of parent-report and self-report measures

Mike Stawski, Judith G. Auerbach, Miriam Barasch, Yaacov Lerner, Robert Zimin, Mervin S. Miller

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Abstract

This study reports on the extent of behavior problems in Israeli adolescents suffering from chronic illness. A comparison was made between parent-reported and self-reported behavioral symptomatology using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Youth Self-Report (YSR). 103 outpatients, aged 11-16 years, suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, or hematological/oncological conditions were assessed. Healthy adolescents and adolescents referred for psychiatric assessment comprised the comparison groups. Parent- and self-reports were significantly positively correlated in each group (all chronically ill children r=.22; Healthy group r=.27; psychiatric group r=.50), but the correlations were particularly low (and non-significant) in younger adolescents with hematological/oncological conditions or HCF., pointing to the need for physicians to include parents' and adolescents' viewpoints in their assessments of these adolescents' psychosocial state. The mean number of parent-reported and self-reported behavior problems in the illness groups was no different from that of the Healthy group but significantly lower than that of the psychiatric group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Behavioral Problems
  • CBCL
  • Chronic Illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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