Title

Cross-informant symptoms from CBCL, TRF, and YSR: Trait and method variance in a normative sample of Russian youths

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Psychological Assessment

Volume

22

Issue

4

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Publication Date

12-1-2010

First Page

893

Last Page

911

DOI

10.1037/a0020703

Abstract

A large community-based sample of Russian youths (n = 847, mean age = 13.17, sd = 2.51) was assessed with the Child Behavior Checklist (mothers and fathers separately), Teacher’s Report Form, and Youth Self-Report. The multiple indicator-version of the Correlated Trait-Correlated (Method Minus One) [CT-C(M-1)] model was applied to analyze (1) the convergent and divergent validity of these instruments in Russia, (2) the degree of trait-specificity of rater biases, and (3) potential predictors of rater-specific effects. As expected, based on the published results from different countries and in different languages, the convergent validity of the instruments was rather high between mother and father reports, but rather low for parent, teacher, and self reports. For self- and teacher reports, rater-specific effects were related to age and gender of the children for some traits. These results, once again, attest to the importance of incorporating information from multiple observers when psychopathological traits are evaluated in children and adolescents.

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