Socioeconomic inequalities in parent-reported and teacher-reported psychological well-being

Lewis, H., Hope, S. and Pearce, A. (2014) Socioeconomic inequalities in parent-reported and teacher-reported psychological well-being. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100(1), pp. 38-41. (doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-306288) (PMID:25165074) (PMCID:PMC4283625)

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Objective: To determine whether there are differences in the social gradient of parent-reported and teacher-reported child psychological well-being. Design: Secondary data analysis comparing ratings of child psychological well-being (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, SDQ) in the UK Millennium Cohort Study at 7 years by socioeconomic circumstances (SEC). A number of measures of SEC were tested; results are reported for maternal education. From a sample of 13 168 singletons who participated at the age of 7 years, complete data were available for 8207 children. Results: There was a social gradient in SDQ scores reported by parents and teachers, with ‘borderline/abnormal’ scores more prevalent in children with lower-educated mothers. However, the gradient was more marked in parent report compared with teacher report, and discrepancies between parent and teacher reports were greatest for children from higher SECs. Conclusions: The social gradient in child psychological well-being, although present, was weaker in teacher report compared with parent report. This may be because children behave differently in school and home settings, or parents and teachers demonstrate reporting bias.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pearce, Dr Anna
Authors: Lewis, H., Hope, S., and Pearce, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1468-2044
Published Online:15 December 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Lewis, H. et al.
First Published:First published in Archives of Disease in Childhood 100(1):38-41
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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