Repressive adaptation in a nonclinical sample: Consistent and inconsistent reports of child psychosocial functioning across informants
Using multiple indicators (self-report, parent report, school grades, and disciplinary referrals), we compared the psychosocial functioning of children across Weinberger's (1990) and Weinberger, Schwartz, and Davidson's (1979) repressive adaptive style (RAS) groups. Participants included 134 children ages 10 to 13 years that were recruited from public schools and 117 of their caregivers. Relative to nonrepressors, we hypothesized repressors to evidence lower levels of self-reported distress but higher parent-reported distress on the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 1992). Summary scores from the BASC self-report differed significantly between repressors and nonrepressors in the expected directions. No significant group differences in parent-reported distress or school functioning emerged. Consistent with Phipps (2005), results question the predominant assumption that the RAS is associated with risk of psychosocial difficulties in children.
Steele, Ric G., Margaret M. Richards, Eric R. Benson, Sara R. Corbin, and Christopher C. Cushing. "Repressive adaptation in a nonclinical sample: Consistent and inconsistent reports of child psychosocial functioning across informants." Journal of personality assessment 90, no. 3 (2008): 286-291.
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