The purpose of this integrative review was to identify methodological challenges in research related to the debate.
Data were extracted from 43 articles (6 theoretical, 36 research reports, and 1 instrument scoring manual). The analysis focused on the methodologies considered when using depressed mothers as informants.
Nine key themes were identified and I concluded that researchers should incorporate multiple informants, identify the characteristics of maternal depression, and incorporate advanced statistical methodology.
The use of a conceptual framework to understand informant discrepancies within child behavior evaluations is suggested for future research.