ERIC Number: ED349505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Educational Functioning and Self-Esteem of Psychiatrically Hospitalized Adolescents.
Bley, Georganne R.; And Others
A topic of much national concern is the mental health of youth. Adolescents often enter psychiatric treatment with poor school performance, having attended numerous schools, and have very negative attitudes toward the school environment. In order to facilitate more effective psychiatric functioning, this study sought to learn more about two groups of adolescents: one group with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, the other with psychiatric diagnoses in addition to a medical illness. The study compared these psychiatric adolescents with normed data on educational functioning and self-esteem, and gathered information in order to do a longitudinal study of adolescents' functioning after hospitalization. Subjects were admissions to the adolescent psychiatric unit of a children's hospital. Subjects (N=22) in one group had only a psychiatric diagnosis; subjects (N=13) had a medical illness and a psychiatric disorder. Subjects were administered an intelligence test and completed a self-report measure of self-esteem. Analyses indicated that the two groups were similar to each other in educational functioning and self-esteem. Psychiatric adolescents rated lower than normed data on global self-esteem. As a group the mean scores of the psychiatric adolescents were all found to be below the 50th percentile of the average scores for those adolescents who are not psychiatrically impaired. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).