Parent and child reports of depressive symptoms in children at low and high risk of depression.


Journal Article

The K-SADS-E psychiatric interview was administered to children and parents (N = 220) from families containing proband parents who had previously been depressed or who were normal. Agreement between parents and their children about depressive symptoms in the children was significant but low. Boy's reports agreed more highly with their parents' reports about them than did girls' reports. Overall, the children reported more depressive symptoms than their parents reported about them and the overall pattern suggests that parents are relatively insensitive to their children's depressive symptomatology, but their reports show high specificity. The implications of these findings for research and clinical work are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Angold, A; Weissman, MM; John, K; Merikangas, KR; Prusoff, BA; Wickramaratne, P; Gammon, GD; Warner, V

Published Date

  • November 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 901 - 915

PubMed ID

  • 3436996

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3436996

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb00678.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England