Epidemiological comparisons of problems and positive qualities reported by adolescents in 24 countries

Rescorla, Leslie and Achenbach, Thomas M. and Ivanova, Masha Y. and Dumenci, Levent and Almqvist, Fredrik and Bilenberg, Niels and Bird, Hector and Broberg, Anders and Dobrean, Anca and Döpfner, Manfred and Erol, Nese and Forns, Maria and Hannesdottir, Helga and Kanbayashi, Yasuko and Lambert, Michael C. and Leung, Patrick and Minaei, Asghar and Mulatu, Mesfin S. and Novik, Torunn S. and Oh, Kyung-Ja and Roussos, Alexandra and Sawyer, Michael and Simsek, Zeynep and Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph and Weintraub, Sheila and Metzke, Christa Winkler and Wolanczyk, Tomasz and Zilber, Nelly and Zukauskiene, Rita and Verhulst, Frank. (2007) Epidemiological comparisons of problems and positive qualities reported by adolescents in 24 countries. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, Vol. 75, H. 2. pp. 351-358.

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In this study, the authors compared ratings of behavioral and emotional problems and positive qualities on the Youth Self-Report (T. M. Achenbach & L. A. Rescorla, 2001) by adolescents in general population samples from 24 countries (N = 27,206). For problem scales, country effect sizes (ESs) ranged from 3% to 9%, whereas those for gender and age ranged from less than 1% to 2%. Scores were significantly higher for girls than for boys on Internalizing Problems and significantly higher for boys than for girls on Externalizing Problems. Bicountry correlations for mean problem item scores averaged .69. For Total Problems, 17 of 24 countries scored within one standard deviation of the overall mean of 35.3. In the 19 countries for which parent ratings were also available, the mean of 20.5 for parent ratings was far lower than the self-report mean of 34.0 in the same 19 countries (d = 2.5). Results indicate considerable consistency across 24 countries in adolescents' self-reported problems but less consistency for positive qualities.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Schneider)
UniBasel Contributors:Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
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