Assessment of Behavioral Distress and Depression in a Pediatric Population

Academic Article


  • Using a multitrait-multimethod approach, measures designed to assess emotional distress in medical populations were compared with depression measures standardized on healthy children. In a hospitalized sample of children ages 4 to 12 years old, parent ratings of child distress were compared to nurse ratings and children's responses to a pictorial measure. An assessment battery was administered to 70 mothers and children; 32 nurse ratings were also obtained. Results indicated overlap between information obtained from measures of depression and pediatric-specific measures of distress. However, the findings provide some evidence that measures that incorporate the pediatric context in assessment may be more suitable for medically ill children.
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    Author List

  • Rodriguez CM; Boggs SR
  • Start Page

  • 157
  • End Page

  • 170
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 3