Comparison of Parent and Child Reports on Child Maltreatment in a Representative Household Sample in Hong Kong

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This study investigated and compared the rates of child maltreatment as reported by parents and children. Self-reports of 1,093 children aged 12 to 18, which were matched with both parents' records, were compared and analyzed in the study. The levels of agreement between parent and child reporting of various kinds of parental child maltreatment were low to moderate. Factors affecting the disagreement in reports were also investigated. Social desirability and violence approval were the common predictors of disagreement in father-child and mother-child reports, respectively. The low agreement between parent-child reports found in the present study highlights the need for the inclusion of both parent and child reports on maltreatment in future clinical screening and intervention programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Agreement
  • Child maltreatment
  • Child report
  • Parent report
  • Reporting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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