ERIC Number: EJ789872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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A Dimensional Model of Psychopathology among Homeless Adolescents: Suicidality, Internalizing, and Externalizing Disorders
Yoder, Kevin A.; Longley, Susan L.; Whitbeck, Les B.; Hoyt, Dan R.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v36 n1 p95-104 Jan 2008
The present study examined associations among dimensions of suicidality and psychopathology in a sample of 428 homeless adolescents (56.3% female). Confirmatory factor analysis results provided support for a three-factor model in which suicidality (measured with lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts), internalizing disorders (assessed with lifetime diagnoses of major depressive episode and post-traumatic stress disorder), and externalizing disorders (indicated by lifetime diagnoses of conduct disorder, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse) were positively intercorrelated. The findings illustrate the utility of a dimensional approach that integrates suicidality and psychopathology into one model.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Homeless People, Suicide, Psychopathology, Models, Factor Analysis, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression (Psychology), Behavior Disorders, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Correlation
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