Journal article

Making sense of informant disagreement for overanxious disorder

DL Foley, M Rutter, A Angold, A Pickles, HM Maes, JL Silberg, LJ Eaves

JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

A community sample of 2798 8-17-year-old twins and their parents completed a personal interview about the child's current psychiatric history on two occasions separated by an average of 18 months. Parents also completed a personal interview about their own lifetime psychiatric history at entry to the study. Results indicate that informant agreement for overanxious disorder (OAD) was no better than chance, and most cases of OAD were based on only one informant's ratings. Disagreement about level of OAD symptoms or presence of another disorder (mostly phobias or depression) accounted for most cases of informant disagreement: 60% of cases based only on child interview, 67% of cases based only o..

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