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ERIC Number: EJ732186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0009-398X
The Lay Concept of Childhood Mental Disorder
Giummarra, Melita J.; Haslam, Nick
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v35 n3 p265-280 Mar 2005
The structure of lay people's concepts of childhood mental disorder was investigated in a questionnaire study and examined for convergence with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). Eighty-four undergraduates who had no formal education in abnormal psychology rated 54 conditions--36 DSM-IV childhood disorders and 18 non-disorders--on features proposed in technical definitions of mental disorder. The lay concept of childhood mental disorder was narrower than the DSM-IV, although most conditions were perceived to warrant professional help. Three dimensions described beliefs about childhood psychopathology: social deviancy, harmful dysfunction, and harmful environment. Harmful dysfunction was related to mental disorder and help seeking judgments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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