Retrospective reports of college students' childhood problems
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Clin. Psychol.
childhood problems; retrospective reports; informants; CLINIC-REFERRED CHILDREN; DEPRESSED MOTHERS; MATERNAL DEPRESSION; PERCEPTIONS; PREDICTORS; BEHAVIOR; PSYCHOPATHOLOGY; MALADJUSTMENT; INFORMANTS; DISTORTION; Psychology, Clinical
College students and a subsample of their mothers and fathers participated in a study examining their retrospective reports of childhood emotional and behavioral problems experienced by college students. College students and their mothers and fathers exhibited moderate correspondence in their recollection of internalizing and externalizing problems that college students experienced during their childhood. In contrast, college students tended to endorse significantly greater levels of both internalizing and externalizing problems relative to their mothers and fathers. Current psychological symptoms predicted the greater endorsement of childhood internalizing and externalizing problems by college students and the greater endorsement of college students' childhood internalizing problems by their mothers. Further, college students' current perceptions of their parents predicted their endorsement of childhood internalizing problems, and college students' current masculinity and femininity predicted their endorsement of childhood externalizing problems. Results of this study emphasized the importance of noting factors that may be related to retrospective reports. (C) 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
"Retrospective reports of college students' childhood problems" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5590.