Correction of distortion in distressed mothers ratings of their preschool-aged childrens Internalizing and Externalizing scale score

Psychiatry Research, 01/27/2014

Increased maternal psychopathology may bias mothers' ratings about child psychopathology. In this study the authors examined whether internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in young children were biased through maternal psychopathology. They discussed post–hoc explanations about why mothers with increased psychopathology gave higher ratings on the CBCL/1.5–5, including a better recall of internalizing symptoms, less flexible and effective parenting, and more perceived distress by child externalizing behavior.

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