ERIC Number: EJ1082443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Stability of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders: A 7 Year Follow Up of Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder--Not Otherwise Specified
Verheij, C.; Louwerse, A.; van der Ende, J.; Eussen, M. L. J. M.; Van Gool, A. R.; Verheij, F.; Verhulst, F. C.; Greaves-Lord, K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n12 p3939-3948 Dec 2015
The current study was a 7-year follow-up of 74 6-12 year old children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. We examined the rates and 7 year stability of comorbid psychiatric diagnoses as ascertained with the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children: Parent version at ages 6-12 and again at ages 12-20. Also, we examined childhood factors that predicted the stability of comorbid psychiatric disorders. The rate of comorbid psychiatric disorders dropped significantly from childhood (81%) to adolescence (61%). Higher levels of parent reported stereotyped behaviors and reduced social interest in childhood significantly predicted the stability of psychiatric comorbidity. Re-evaluation of psychiatric comorbidity should be considered in clinical practice, since several individuals shifted in comorbid diagnoses.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comorbidity, Clinical Diagnosis, Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Predictor Variables, Mental Disorders, Age Differences, Parents, Behavior Problems, Antisocial Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children