Parent and adolescent reports on emotional and peer problems in psychiatric outpatient setting

Arta Kočāne, Ņikita Bezborodovs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM:Aim of this study was to examine the
prevalence of parent and adolescent reported emotional and peer
(internalizing) problems in outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry
setting and examine the differences between parent and child reports.
METHODS:The study was conducted in two outpatient centres in
Latvia. The study group was patients aged 11-17 y.o. who received
outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry care, and their parents.
Parent and child reported emotional and peer problems were
assessed using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
parent and child version. When analyzing the SDQ score, 4-band
categorisation was used, 3rd and 4th band were defined as “high”.
RESULTS:A total of 77 valid pairs (parent-adolescent) of SDQ
results were obtained. 54,5% (n=42) of the adolescent population
were female, mean age was 13,79 (SD 1,96) years. The levels of
reported internalizing symptoms were high, with 62,3% of parents
and 49,4% of adolescents reporting high level of peer problems,
66,2% of parents and 49,4% of adolescents reporting high level of
emotional problems. Parent and adolescent report results were
concordant in 73% cases about emotional problems and 58% about
peer problems. Adolescents reported high emotional and peer
problems in 5% and 14% of cases respectively, when their parents
did not. And on the contrary - 22% and 27% of parents reported
high emotional and peer problems when the adolescent did not.
CONCLUSIONS:Parents and adolescents reported very high levels
of internalizing problems, while the prevalence of corresponding
clinical diagnosis was very low. Parent-adolescent reports have
discrepancies. Parents might have a tendency for exaggeration of
their child’s symptoms, but in the same time truthfulness of the
adolescent reports could be doubtful. Every fifth parent reported
a higher level of internalizing problems than their adolescent. This
agrees with previous findings that single informant (parent/teacher)
reports might be more informative than multi-informant reports.
Keywords: SDQ, internalizing, adolescent
Original languageEnglish
Pages54-55
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2021
Event11TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFFECTIVE DISORDERS - Virtual
Duration: 3 Nov 20214 Nov 2021

Conference

Conference11TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
Abbreviated titleISAD'21
Period3/11/214/11/21

Keywords*

  • SDQ
  • internalizing
  • adolescent

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)

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