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Stability and Persistence of the Dysregulation Profile in a Followup Study in a Clinical Sample of Children and Adolescents

[ Vol. 7 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Irene Caro-Canizares*, Monica Diaz de Neira, Azul Forti Buratti, Alberto Segura-Frontelo, Enrique Baca-Garcia and Juan J Carballo   Pages 170 - 178 ( 9 )

Abstract:


Background: A considerable proportion of children and adolescents attending mental health services suffer from severe affective and behavioral dysregulation. The Dysregulation Profile, which was identified based on certain subscales of the Child Behavior Checklist and later, also in certain subscales of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, has been defined as a marker of a broader form of severe psychopathology. DP has been described as a theoretical construct and research data have been provided to consolidate its operational description. However, its stability, which is one of the fundamental aspects for operational definition of a construct, remains unexplored.

Methods: A retrospective six-month follow-up study was conducted in order to clarify stability and persistence of the Dysregulation Profile, assessed with the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, in a clinical sample of 299 children and adolescents.

Results: The temporal consistency of the Dysregulation Profile, assessed with the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, found in this sample was fair. Test-retest reliability of Dysregulation Profile, assessed with Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, over six months was moderate. There were no differences between groups by sex or age.

Conclusion: Results support the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire-Dysregulation Profile as a useful tool to assess Dysregulation Profile, with a moderate stability and fair persistence, in line with previous literature. Further investigation is needed in order to clarify risk and maintenance factors.

Keywords:

Dysregulation profile, stability, persistence, follow-up, adolescent.

Affiliation:

Department of Psychiatry, IIS, Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Department of Psychiatry, IIS, Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Department of Psychiatry, IIS, Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Rey Juan Carlos, Móstoles, Madrid, Department of Psychiatry, IIS, Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon, Madrid



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