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The Development of Pure vs. Co-Occurring Externalizing and Internalizing Symptomatology in Children

Oland, Alyssa Ann (2006) The Development of Pure vs. Co-Occurring Externalizing and Internalizing Symptomatology in Children. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The overarching goal of the present study was to test the validity of a model that proposes why some children are likely to not develop co-occurring problem behavior. Specifically, it was hypothesized that high and persistent levels of specific subtypes of internalizing (i.e., social anxiety, inhibition, and withdrawal) or externalizing symptomatology (impulsivity/hyperactivity, aggression, and anger reactivity) during middle childhood would prevent the development of co-occurring disorders during early adolescence. These issues were examined among a sample of 260 low-income boys followed from age five to twelve. Overall, the results failed to support the proposed model, that high and persistent levels of narrow-band constellations of internalizing and externalizing symptoms would prevent the development of a co-occurring disorder. Instead, the results were consistent with three prevailing theories of co-occurring disorders: 1) shared risk factors; 2) general, non-specific expression of psychopathology; and 3) heightened maladjustment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Oland, Alyssa
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShaw, Danielcasey@pitt.eduCASEY
Committee MemberNagin,
Committee MemberPogue-Geile, Michaelmfpg@pitt.eduMFPG
Committee MemberDahl,
Committee MemberCampbell, Suesbcamp@pitt.eduSBCAMP
Date: 29 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 15 March 2005
Approval Date: 29 September 2006
Submission Date: 1 May 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; co-occurrence; externalizing; internalizing; preadolescents
Other ID:, etd-05012005-162529
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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