ERIC Number: EJ943521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
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Comparing the Family Environments of Adolescents with Conduct Disorder or Depression
Jewell, Jeremy D.; Stark, Kevin D.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v12 n1 p77-89 Mar 2003
We attempted to differentiate the family environments of youth with Conduct Disorder (CD) compared to youth with a depressive disorder. Participants were 34 adolescents from a residential treatment facility. The K-SADS-P was used to determine the youth's diagnosis, while their family environment was assessed by the Self Report Measure of Family Functioning Child Version. A MANOVA was used to compare the two diagnostic groups on seven family environment variables. Results indicate that adolescents with CD described their parents as having a permissive and ambiguous discipline style, while adolescents with a depressive disorder described their relationship with their parents as enmeshed. A discriminant function analysis, using the two family environment variables of enmeshment and laissez-faire family style as predictors, correctly classified 82% of the participants. Implications for treatment of youth with both types of diagnoses and their families are discussed.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Discriminant Analysis, Family Environment, Depression (Psychology), Behavior Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Family Relationship, Residential Programs, Therapy, Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Predictor Variables, Classification, Multivariate Analysis
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