Correlates of Parent–Youth Discordance About Youth-Witnessed Violence: A Brief Report Academic Article uri icon

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  • Studies have consistently demonstrated a lack of agreement between youth and parent reports regarding youth-witnessed violence (YWV). However, little empirical investigation has been conducted on the correlates of disagreement. Concordance between youth and parents about YWV was examined in 766 parent–youth dyads from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). Results showed that significantly more youth (42%) than parents (15%) reported YWV. Among the dyads in which at least one informant reported YWV (N = 344), we assessed whether youth delinquency, parental monitoring, parent–child relationship quality, history of child maltreatment, income, and parental depression were predictive of parent–youth concordance. Findings indicated that youth engagement in delinquent activities was higher in the groups in which the youth reported violence exposure. More empirical study is needed to assess correlates of agreement in high-risk youth to better inform associations found between exposures and outcomes as well as practice and policy for violence exposed youth.


  • Lewis, Terri
  • Thompson, Richard
  • Kotch, Jonathan B
  • Proctor, Laura J
  • Litrownik, Alan J
  • English, Diana J
  • Runyan, Desmond K
  • Wiley, Tisha R
  • Dubowitz, Howard

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  • 2013