Congruence between Objective and Self-Report Data in a Sample of Young Adolescents

Lisa J. Crockett, John E. Schulenberg, Anne C. Petersen

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Methodology texts frequently emphasize the limitations of self-report measures. Empirical information on the validity of self-report data, however, tends to be limited to particular topics and populations. This paper examines the validity of self-report data in a sample of young adolescents for whom objective and self-report data were available on course grades, height, and weight. A comparison of the two kinds of data generally supported the validity of the self-reports, although there was some evidence of response effects. It was concluded that while young adolescents exhibit some systematic errors in reporting, self-reports can provide a useful substitute for some kinds of objective data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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