Preschool Behavior Can Predict Future Psychiatric Disorders

JOEY ADAM LERNER, THOMAS S. INUI, ERIC W. TRUPIN, ELIZABETH DOUGLAS

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Abstract

Little is known about how to identify young children who will develop future psychiatric disorders and who might, therefore, benefit from early evaluation or treatment. To address this problem, a follow-up study (mean 11.5 years later) of 88 normal 3–5-year-old children was conducted to determine the relationship between behavior problem ratings in preschool and subsequent psychiatric disorders. Children with higher ratings of overall behavior disturbance were found to have increased risk for developing future psychiatric disorders. By using a score which reflects overall behavioral dysfunctions, it may be possible to screen for young children requiring future psychiatric evaluation or treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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