Diagnostic implications of parental ratings of children

Robert C. McMahon, Joseph T. Kunce, Martin Salamak

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Evaluated parental ratings on aggressiveness and social responsibility for 120 school-age children and a cross-validation sample of 67 children referred to a university-sponsored developmental evaluation center in association with 10 commonly used interdisciplinary diagnoses. Parental ratings consistently and significantly related to staff diagnoses of behavior disorder and to hyperkinesis. A number of 'expected' relationships, e.g., between learning disability and social irresponsibility, did not occur. In general, the results indicate: that parental ratings show consistent relationships to selected interdisciplinary staff diagnoses; that hyperkinesis may be related more strongly to aggressiveness than to the lack of socially responsible behavior; and that parental ratings are potentially valuable in the diagnostic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-762
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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