Agreement between teenager and caregiver responses to questions about teenager's asthma

Christine L.M. Joseph, Suzanne Havstad, Christine C. Johnson, Rick Vinuya, Dennis Randall Ownby

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It is unknown if teenagers and caregivers give similar responses when interviewed about the teen's asthma. We analyzed data for 63 urban African-American teen-caregiver pairs. Caregivers underestimated teen smoking by 30%, gave lower estimates for teen exposure to passive smoke, and disagreed with teens on controller medication usage. Teen-caregiver responses were not significantly different for estimates of symptom-days, activity limitations, or nights awakened; nor were they significantly different for report of emergency department visits or hospitalizations. Agreement was weak for perceived asthma control and severity. Teen-caregiver agreement on asthma depends on the type of information being sought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


  • Adolescents
  • Asthma
  • Kappa statistic
  • Teenagers
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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