Self-other agreement on affective distress scales in Asian Americans and White Americans

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The present study examined the degree of agreement between self-rated and peer-rated depression and social anxiety in White American and Asian American college students. A total of 160 Asian American and 177 White American target participants completed self-report measures of depression and social anxiety, and 1 peer informant completed the ratings for each target on the same measures. Results indicated that Asian American targets' levels of self-reported social anxiety and depression were underestimated by their peer informants to a greater extent than those of White American targets. The self-other discrepancy of distress was greatest for Asian American targets rated by White American informants. Degree of acquaintanceship and level of emotional expressivity did not moderate these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-437
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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