ERIC Number: EJ851252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Impairment and Distress Judgments of Symptoms Composing Childhood Externalizing and Internalizing Syndromes
Howell, Andrew J.; Watson, David C.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n2 p172-182 Apr 2009
The pattern of perceived dysfunction associated with symptoms composing the externalizing childhood disorder syndrome was compared to the pattern characterizing the internalizing syndrome. In Study 1, undergraduate students (N = 205) judged the social impairment, academic/occupational impairment and personal distress associated with symptoms from the child and adolescent psychopathology scale (Lahey et al. 2004) related to externalizing and internalizing syndromes. As predicted, symptoms composing the externalizing syndrome were judged as involving less personal distress and more impairment than those composing the internalizing syndrome. Converging findings emerged in Study 2 when undergraduates (N = 183) judged "DSM-IV" symptoms composing externalizing and internalizing disorders. This research reveals systematic differences in perceptions of impairment and distress related to the symptoms that compose the externalizing and internalizing syndromes.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychopathology, Children, Emotional Development, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Measures (Individuals), Emotional Disturbances, Comparative Analysis
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