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J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1990 Oct;18(5):527-47.

Perceived family environments of depressed and anxious children: child's and maternal figure's perspectives.

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Department of Educational Psychology, University of Texas, Austin 78712.


This study examined perceived environment among families with a depressed, depressed and anxious, anxious, or normal child from the 4th to 7th grades. Fifty-one such children were classified according to criteria from the K-SADS and a set of self-ratings of depression and anxiety. Results showed that children in all three diagnostic groups, and to a lesser extent their mothers, experienced their families as more distressed on a host of dimensions relative to controls. In addition, significant differences were found between families with a depressed and anxious child and those with an anxious child. Discriminant function analyses revealed that 68.63% of the youngsters could be classified correctly into depressed and anxious groups on the basis of their family ratings alone.

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