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ERIC Number: ED311317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 23
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Age and Sex Differences in the Treated Incidence of DSM-III Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders.
Griffin, James A.; And Others
In recent years notable advances have been made in the classification of child and adolescent psychopathology. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - III (DSM-III) has introduced a number of new diagnostic categories for child and adolescent disorders, yet little is known about how these new diagnostic categories are actually being used in treatment settings, or how the characteristics of the treatment populations compare to those of epidemiological samples drawn from the general population. In this study age and sex differences in the use of DSM-III child and adolescent diagnostic categories were examined within two types of treatment settings, inpatient and outpatient. Subjects were inpatients (N=899) and outpatients (N=687) ranging in age from 5 to 18 years. The results were similar to DSM-II in that a wide variety of DSM-III categories were represented in the sample and age and sex differences were identified in the distribution of these disorders. However, a more detailed analysis of the trends revealed that sex differences generally did not vary across age groups or treatment populations, whereas age trends differed for inpatient and outpatient populations. Thus, important similarities and differences between the two samples were revealed only when the interactions of age, sex, and treatment population were analyzed using categorical data modeling procedures. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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