ERIC Number: EJ732180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
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Behavioral Profiles in 4-5 Year-Old Children: Normal and Pathological Variants
Larsson, Jan-Olov; Bergman, Lars R.; Earls, Felton; Rydelius, Per-Anders
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v35 n2 p143-162 Dec 2004
Normal and psychopathological patterns of behavior symptoms in preschool children were described by a classification approach using cluster analysis. The behavior of 406 children, average age 4 years 9 months, from the general population was evaluated at home visits. Seven clusters were identified based on empirically defined dimensions: attention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, social relationship problems, sleeping problems, eating problems, depression and anxiety. Clusters scoring high in inattention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, and social relationship problems but low in depression and anxiety were found and could indicate early onset conduct disorder. The approach of analysing patterns of symptoms expands the basis on which normal and psychopathological patterns are distinguished.
Descriptors: Psychopathology, Behavior Patterns, Preschool Children, Multivariate Analysis, Child Behavior, Home Visits, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Behavior Disorders
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