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Stability of behavioral and emotional disturbance in a sample of disadvantaged preschool-aged children

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This study is concerned with the long-term stability of behavioral and emotional disturbance among preschool-aged children. In conjunction with a large screening project, 111 Head Start children were rated by their teachers on the Preschool Behavior Questionnaire. Follow-up ratings were obtained 12 months later. Results indicated that hostile/aggressive behaviors were quite stable and that subjects demonstrating a preponderance of such problems were likely to maintain their symptoms over time. In contrast, subjects exhibiting anxiety-rekated behaviors were significantly more likely to improve spontaneously during the normal course of development.

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Anderson, D.R. Stability of behavioral and emotional disturbance in a sample of disadvantaged preschool-aged children. Child Psych Hum Dev 14, 249–260 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00706038

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Head Start
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Behavior Questionnaire
  • Large Screening