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Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Publish Ahead of Print():, January 13, 2021
Our study investigated the role of maternal mental health and family factors in discrepancies between mothers’ ratings of their adolescents’ psychosocial issues and adolescents’ ratings of their own problems. We measured associations between family factors such as adolescent age and sex, maternal age, parental levels of education, maternal IQ, and number of children in the home. Using data from a longitudinal public health study in Chile, we found that poor maternal mental health, and none of the family factors, was consistently related to larger discrepancies between maternal and adolescent ratings. This relationship was strongest in ratings of adolescents’ internalizing problems.
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