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Does Mother Know Best? Parental Discrepancies in Assessing Child Functioning

  • Datta Gupta, Nabanita

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Lausten, Mette

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    (SFI - Danish National Centre for Social Research)

  • Pozzoli, Dario

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

We investigate the degree of correspondence between parents' reports on child behavioral and educational outcomes using the most recent available wave of a rich Danish longitudinal survey of children (the DALSC). All outcomes are measured at age 11 when the children are expected to be in fifth grade. Once discrepancies are detected, we analyze whether they are driven by noisy evaluations or by systematic bias, focusing on the role of parental characteristics and response heterogeneity. We then explicitly assess the relative importance of the mother's versus the father's assessments in explaining child academic performance and diagnosed mental health to investigate whether one parent is systematically a better informant of their child's outcomes than the other.

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Date of creation: Oct 2012
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