Psychiatric Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care: Prevalence and Risk Factors

Elizabeth J. Costello*, Anthony J. Costello, Craig Edelbrock, Barbara J. Burns, Mina K. Dulcan, David Brent, Susan Janiszewski

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Children aged 7 to 11 years visiting their primary care pediatrician for a wide range of reasons were studied to determine the one-year prevalence of DSM-III disorders and the risk factors associated with them. Parents completing the Child Behavior Checklist about their children identified problems that placed 24.7% of 789 children in the clinical range. Detailed psychiatric interviews with 300 parents and children, using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children, yielded a one-year weighted prevalence of one or more DSM-III disorders of 22.0%±3.4%, combining diagnoses based on either the child or the parent interview.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1116
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of general psychiatry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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