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ERIC Number: EJ784249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 140
ISSN: ISSN-1537-4416
Methodological Article: A Brief Taxometrics Primer
Beauchaine, Theodore P.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v36 n4 p654-676 Nov 2007
Taxometric procedures provide an empirical means of determining which psychiatric disorders are typologically distinct from normal behavioral functioning. Although most disorders reflect extremes along continuously distributed behavioral traits, identifying those that are discrete has important implications for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, early identification of risk, and improved understanding of etiology. This article provides (a) brief descriptions of the conceptual bases of several taxometric procedures, (b) example analyses using simulated data, and (c) strategies for avoiding common pitfalls that are often observed in taxometrics research. To date, most taxometrics studies have appeared in the adult psychopathology literature. It is hoped that this primer will encourage interested readers to extend taxometrics research to child and adolescent populations. (Contains 8 figures and 6 footnotes.)
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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