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Psychol Bull. 2003 May;129(3):447-66.

Stressors and child and adolescent psychopathology: moving from markers to mechanisms of risk.

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Department of Psychology, DePaul University, 2219 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614, USA.


In the first half of this review, the authors critically evaluate existing research on the association between stressors and symptoms of psychopathology in children and adolescents. This analysis reveals (a) problems with conceptualizations of stress, (b) variability in measurement of stressors, and (c) lack of theory-driven research. To address these problems, the authors propose a general conceptual model of the relation between stressors and child and adolescent psychopathology. The authors examine basic tenets of this general model in the second half of this article by testing a specific model in which negative parenting mediates the relation between economic stressors and psychological symptoms in young people. Results generally provide support for the specific model as well as for the broader model.

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