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Finality in the eye of the beholder: Multiple sources, multiple time points, multiple paths

  • Candice Feiring (a1) and Michael Lewis (a1)


This study explores the coherence between different raters of adolescent psychopathology and examines the coherence of these ratings with earlier and later events associated with the development of psychopathology. In particular, teachers', mothers', and adolescents' ratings of the 13-year-old adolescents are examined. Additionally, the earlier factors of attachment status, environmental stress, and the friendship network are related to the different ratings. Both earlier factors and rater judgments are used to examine subsequent use of psychotherapy. The results show little coherence between raters on the presence of psychopathology in 13-year-olds and little coherence between earlier events and subsequent raters' judgments of psychopathology. However, earlier stress events and teachers' ratings of 13-year-olds' psychopathology are related to subsequent therapy use.


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Michael Lewis or Candice Feiring, Institute for the Study of Child Development, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 97 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.


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