Informant Agreement in Behavior Ratings for Children with Epilepsy

Thomas J. Huberty, Joan K. Austin, Jaroslaw Harezlak, David W. Dunn, Walter T. Ambrosius

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The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of informant agreement for behavioral ratings of children with epilepsy. Informants completed Achenbach's 1991 scales: parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), teachers completed the Teacher's Report Form (TRF), and youth completed the Youth Self-Report Form of the CBCL (YSR). Analyses included degree of concordance of ratings as a function of informant, child gender, and condition severity (active vs inactive epilepsy). Results indicated that across all four types of raters (mothers, fathers, teachers, and adolescents) there was a similar pattern. Mothers' ratings tended to be the highest and youths' ratings tended to be the lowest across scales. In general, agreement among adult raters was greater than between youth and adults. Mothers and teachers reported more internalizing symptoms than did youth; mother, father, and teacher ratings on externalizing symptoms were not significantly different from each other. There were no significant effects of gender and condition severity on concordance among ratings although there were some interesting trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-435
Number of pages9
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Children; epilepsy; mother; father; teacher; cross-informant; behavior ratings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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