British Journal of Psychiatry 1987; 151:179-184
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I.M. Goodyer, I. Kolvin, S.R.M. Gatzanis, "The impact of recent life events on psychiatric disorder in childhood and adolescence", British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 151, pp. 179-184 (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1987).
The timing and number of recent stressful life events occurring in the year before onset of emotional or behavioural disorder was examined in a consecutive sample of children. Over all, events increase the relative risk of psychiatric disorder by 3-6 times. Events occur throughout the 12 months, but tend to cluster in the 16 weeks nearest onset of symptoms.