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ERIC Number: ED395247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
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Identifying the Presence, Severity, and Chronicity of Psychopathological Behaviors Associated with Adolescent Runaways Using the Personality Inventory for Children.
Rohr, Michael E.; And Others
An extensive review of the adolescent runaway literature indicated inconsistent findings regarding the presence, severity, and chronicity of psychopathological behavior among this high-risk group. Three experiments were conducted to address these issues using one personality measure, the Personality Inventory for Children (PIC). The results of the first experiment indicated that the PIC Typology was able to correctly classify over 93% of the runaway subjects with identified psychopathologies of Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Adjustment Disorder, Major Depression, Dysthymia, Organic Brain Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Developmental Disorders. No subjects were identified as Within-Normal-Limits. Experiment Two indicated that the runaway group was not significantly different from an outpatient sample or from a Day Treatment Program (partial hospitalization) sample. Both clinical samples evidenced increasing severity of psychopathology. The third experiment indicated that the runaway group was not significantly different from a sample diagnosed Conduct Disorder on 11 scales of the PIC. The results of this study support the utility of the PIC as an initial screening measure only and for identifying the degree of psychological dysfunction that runaways and their families may be experiencing. (Contains 34 references.) (TS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Personality Inventory for Children; University of Tennessee Memphis