Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1986; 27(5):681-687
Reproduced with permission of the Journal, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Blackwell Publishing.The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.
I.M. Goodyer, I. Kolvin and S.R.M. Gatzanis, "Do age and sex influence the association between recent life events and psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents? - a controlled enquiry", Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 27, No. 5, pp. 681-687 (Pergamon Journals Ltd 1986).
In a consecutive sample of school-aged children attending a routine child psychiatry clinic, four clinical groups were classified based on presenting signs and symptoms, conduct (N = 44), mild emotional (N = 55), severe emotional (N = 32) and somatic (N = 26). The groups were divided by age and sex and comparisons made between the groups and community subjects (N = 76) for the number of children experiencing one or more recent stressful life events. The results indicated that with the possible exception of severe emotional disorders, neither age nor sex substantially influenced the association between events and psychiatric disorder.