Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Clinical.


Voelker, Sylvia,




Examined interparental and child-parent agreement on externalizing and internalizing behaviors as assessed by the Personality Inventory for Children, Second Edition (PIC/2) and the Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY). Sixty families of non-clinical children between the ages of 9 and 16 years participated; each parent completing the PIC/2 while their child completed the PIY. Informant response patterns were compared for both the factor scales and a subset of comparable clinical scales (including validity, general screening, externalizing and internalizing indices). The levels of interparental and child-parent agreement for the various scales were examined. The existence of significant differences in the level of psychopathology endorsed by parents was not supported by the data. Correlations of agreement between parental T-Scores averaged.77 for the four factor scales and.73 for the subset of six clinical scales. Interparental agreement correlations were also found to be higher for indices measuring externalizing type behaviors than for indices measuring internalizing behaviors. Correlations of agreement between parent and child T-Scores were much lower than interparental agreement correlations, averaging.39 for mother-child dyads and.41 for father-child dyads. While mother-child and father-child agreement on some indices measuring externalizing behavior was greater than on internalizing measures, this finding was inconsistent. Findings provide preliminary evidence for the reliability and validity of these measures and support their application for child behavioral assessment. Implications for clinical usage and directions for future research are discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .S28. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0369. Adviser: Sylvia Voelker. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.