Individual studies examining interparental agreement often report conflicting patterns of results.
Some studies found that mothers report more adolescent problem behaviors than fathers (Christensen et al., 1992; Jensen, Taylor, Xenakis, & Davis, 1988; Thurber & Osborn, 1993).
Others studies have found a parent by gender of adolescent interaction, with mothers reporting more problem behaviors for sons and fathers reporting more problem behaviors for daughters (Friedlander, Weiss, & Taylor; 1986 & Graham & Stevenson, 1985).
During adolescence, friendships themselves become increasingly important in adolescent development, making this relationship particularly important for examining the validity of peer reports.
Very little research has examined the reliability of peer reports of adolescent delinquency with only modest correlations between peer ratings and adolescent self-reports (Achenbach, McConaughy, & Howell, 1987).
This study used multi-reporter data to examine the reliability of parent and peer reports as indicators of adolescent delinquent behavior as well as the reliability of interparental ratings of adolescent delinquency.