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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1990 Sep;29(5):796-803.

Impairment in the epidemiological measurement of childhood psychopathology in the community.

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  • 1Division of Child Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY 10032.

Abstract

The desirability of incorporating a measure of impairment to the categorization of childhood psychopathology in the community is examined. The use of the Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) for this purpose is recommended. The choice of 61 (definite case) and 71 (probable case) as cutpoints on the Children's Global Assessment Scale is supported empirically by the data on service utilization, parental perceived need, and behavior problem scores obtained in the Puerto Rico Child Psychiatry Epidemiological Study.

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