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Parent-child agreement and prevalence estimates of diagnoses in childhood: direct interview versus family history method

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Lustenberger, Yodok
Jeanpretre, Nicolas
Ayer, Eve
Gamma, Franziska
Halfon, Olivier
Fornerod, Daniel
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Published in International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 2009, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 96-109
Abstract Diagnostic information on children is typically elicited from both children and their parents. The aims of the present paper were to: (1) compare prevalence estimates according to maternal reports, paternal reports and direct interviews of children [major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety and attention-deficit and disruptive behavioural disorders]; (2) assess mother-child, father-child and inter-parental agreement for these disorders; (3) determine the association between several child, parent and familial characteristics and the degree of diagnostic agreement or the likelihood of parental reporting; (4) determine the predictive validity of diagnostic information provided by parents and children. Analyses were based on 235 mother-offspring, 189 father-offspring and 128 mother-father pairs. Diagnostic assessment included the Kiddie-schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (K-SADS) (offspring) and the Diagnostic Interview for Genetic Studies (DIGS) (parents and offspring at follow-up) interviews. Parental reports were collected using the Family History - Research Diagnostic Criteria (FH-RDC). Analyses revealed: (1) prevalence estimates for internalizing disorders were generally lower according to parental information than according to the K-SADS; (2) mother-child and father-child agreement was poor and within similar ranges; (3) parents with a history of MDD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reported these disorders in their children more frequently; (4) in a sub-sample followed-up into adulthood, diagnoses of MDD, separation anxiety and conduct disorder at baseline concurred with the corresponding lifetime diagnosis at age 19 according to the child rather than according to the parents. In conclusion, our findings support large discrepancies of diagnostic information provided by parents and children with generally lower reporting of internalizing disorders by parents, and differential reporting of depression and ADHD by parental disease status. Follow-up data also supports the validity of information provided by adolescent offspring.
Keywords AdolescentAdultChildDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders*Family HealthFemaleHumans*Interviews as TopicMale*Medical History TakingMental Disorders/*diagnosis/*epidemiology/geneticsMiddle AgedOdds RatioParents/*psychologyPrevalencePsychiatric Status Rating ScalesQuestionnaires
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PMID: 19507167
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ROTHEN, Stéphane et al. Parent-child agreement and prevalence estimates of diagnoses in childhood: direct interview versus family history method. In: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 2009, vol. 18, n° 2, p. 96-109. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20066

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