ERIC Number: EJ859979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Re-Examining the Epidemiology of Sensory Regulation Dysfunction and Comorbid Psychopathology
Gouze, Karen R.; Hopkins, Joyce; LeBailly, Susan A.; Lavigne, John V.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v37 n8 p1077-1087 Nov 2009
The aims of this study were threefold: (1) to compare prevalence of sensory regulation dysfunction based on previously established criteria to rates established with a more representative community sample of 796 4-year-olds; (2) to examine ethnic/racial and gender differences in prevalence according to the different criteria; and (3) to examine the co-occurrence of sensory regulation dysfunction and preschool psychiatric disorders. Prevalence rates ranged from 3.4% (current criteria) to 15.6% (previous criteria). In contrast to previous studies with less representative samples, there were no significant ethnic or racial differences using the current criteria. Boys were more likely to have sensory regulation dysfunction than girls according to all criteria. Depending upon impairment criteria used, 33-63% of children meeting criteria for sensory dysregulation also had a psychiatric disorder; 37-67% had only a sensory dysregulation disorder, indicating that sensory regulation dysfunction exists independent of psychiatric disorder, and is also a significant risk factor for disorder.
Descriptors: Incidence, Evaluation Criteria, Psychopathology, Risk, Epidemiology, Adolescents, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, Sensory Integration, Mental Disorders, Preschool Children, Ethnicity, Comparative Analysis
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