Parents' and Teachers' Concordance with Children's Self-Ratings of Suicidality: Findings from a High-Risk Sample Academic Article uri icon

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  • This study examined concordance between adult and child reports of child suicidality using a sample of 1,046 8-year-old children at risk for, or having experienced, maltreatment. Concordance was low with both caregivers and teachers. For children reporting no suicidality, caregiver-child agreement was associated with few transitions in caregiver and low social withdrawal and aggression, and teacher-child agreement was associated with non-White ethnicity, good academic performance, and low thought problems. For children reporting suicidality, care-giver-child agreement was associated with perceptions of child mental health needs, aggression, and somatic complaints, and teacher-child agreement was associated with thought problems.


  • Thompson, Richard
  • Dubowitz, Howard
  • English, Diana J
  • Nooner, Kate B
  • Wike, Traci
  • Bangdiwala, Shrikant
  • Runyan, Desmond K
  • Briggs, Ernestine C

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  • April 2006