APH 2003, 61, 141-149:
of parental occupation: Agreement between parents and their children.
C. Vereecken, A. Vandegehuchte
social class, validity
validation study has been carried out to examine the extent to which
children aged 11-12 years are valid reporters of their parents' occupational
and sixteen pupils (92% response) of three schools together with 200
parents (85% response) completed a questionnaire on parental occupational
Criterion validity was assessed by measuring conformity between pupils'
and parents' report. Kappa values were good, conformity percentages
were acceptable as most misclassifications were in the adjacent categories.
Percentage of disagreement was acceptable and no response bias on
socio-economic position of children with unclassifiable answers was
Our findings suggest that children aged 11-12 years are able to describe
their parents' occupational activity in sufficient detail in a survey
setting to be useful for research on socio-economic differences.