A crucial issue in interpreting ratings of adolescent delinquent behavior by parents and peers is the reliability of those ratings with adolescent self-reported delinquency.
Previous studies have suggested agreement between parent and child ratings of delinquency using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Youth Self Report (YSR), and Problem Behavior Inventory (PBI) (Rey, Schrader, & Morris-Yater, 1993).
Modest reliability between adolescent self-reported delinquency and peer ratings have also been shown (Achenbach, McConaughy, & Howell, 1987).
The agreement between interparental ratings of adolescent delinquency is less clear.
Some studies have found interparental agreement to be low (Christensen, Margolin, & Sullaway, 1992), with mothers reporting more problem behavior than fathers (Jensen, Taylor, Xehakis, & Davis, 1988; Thurber & Osborn, 1993).