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J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Apr;27(3):340-6. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.02.014. Epub 2013 Mar 26.

Heterogeneous classes of co-occurring externalizing symptoms in a sample of youth referred for anxiety disorders.

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Abstract

The present study used latent class analysis to identify patterns of externalizing symptoms in a predominantly Hispanic sample of clinic referred anxious youth (N=224; 6-16 years; 54% males) and their parents. Findings revealed that the sample of youth could be classified into three distinct classes: (1) High Externalizing, (2) Moderate Externalizing, and (3) Low Externalizing. The High Externalizing Class was characterized as having a relatively high probability of all ADHD and aggressive symptoms in the clinical range. The Moderate Externalizing Class was characterized as having a relatively high probability of three symptoms in the clinical range: "argues a lot", "disobedient at home", and "fails to finish." The Low Externalizing Class was characterized as having a relatively low probability of all ADHD and aggressive symptoms in the clinical range. The conceptual, empirical, and clinical implications of the findings are discussed.

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23624184
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10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.02.014
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