ERIC Number: EJ732186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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.
Descriptors: Children, Mental Disorders, Lay People, Undergraduate Students, Beliefs, Psychopathology, Help Seeking, Questionnaires
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