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The role of acquaintanceship in the perception of child behaviour problems

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Kroes, Gert; Veerman, Jan W.; Bruyn, Eric E. J. de

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Abstract The role of acquaintanceship with the child on reports of child behaviour by different informants was examined within the framework of a general theory of personality judgment. Mothers of referred children and group-care workers rated videotaped behaviour samples of a well known and an unknown child in the clinic. Independent observers also rated the videotapes. In line with the acquaintanceship hypothesis, mothers were found to perceive more behaviour problems than independent observers when rating well known children but not unknown children. Contrary to the acquaintanceship hypothesis, however, the group-care workers in our study reported more behaviour problems than the other informants regardless of their acquaintance with the children. The clinical and methodological implications of these findings are discussed.
Classification Personality Psychology; Social Psychology
Free Keywords Informant bias; Child assessment; Acquaintanceship effect
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 371-377
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 19 (2009) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-009-0061-4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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