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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2010;39(4):506-21. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2010.486320.

The Pittsburgh Girls Study: overview and initial findings.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


The Pittsburgh Girls Study is a longitudinal, community-based study of 2,451 girls who were initially recruited when they were between the ages of 5 and 8 years. The primary aim of the study was testing developmental models of conduct disorder, major depressive disorder, and their co-occurrence in girls. In the current article, we summarize the published findings from the past 5 years of the PGS and place those results in the context of what it known to date about developmental psychopathology in girls. Key results suggest that DSM-IV mental disorders tend to have an insidious onset often beginning with subsyndromal symptom manifestation, and that there appear to be shared and unique developmental precursors to disorder in subgroups of girls based on race and poverty.

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