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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2003 Oct-Dec;16(4):141-52.

Prevalence of psychopathology in preschool-age children.

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Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research, Massachussetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. mjohnson20@partners.org

Abstract

PROBLEM:

Little is known about psychopathology in preschool-age children.

METHODS:

A review of representative studies of psychiatric disorders in preschoolers.

FINDINGS:

Sample sizes ranged from 104 to 3,860 subjects, ages 1 to 9 years. Prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders varied from 0.1% to 26.4%; high rates of co-morbidity were reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

Studies addressing psychiatric disorders in preschoolers are extremely limited. Future research is needed to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes in preschool-age children.

PMID:
14748450
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