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Are reported differences in life events for anxious children and controls due to comorbid disorders?

Allen, Jennifer and Rapee, Ronald (2009) Are reported differences in life events for anxious children and controls due to comorbid disorders? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23 (4). pp. 511-518. ISSN 0887-6185. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Many studies have reported that anxious children experience more negative life events than controls. However, studies have not yet addressed the possibility that this difference may be due to comorbidity with non-anxiety disorders. Furthermore, presence of psychopathology may also lead children to act in ways that increases frequency of negative life events and decreases the frequency of positive life events. Mother and child-report versions of a questionnaire measure of life events (CASE) assessed life events in the past 12 months in anxiety-disordered children (n = 198), and controls (n = 88). Mother reports indicated that anxious children experienced more negative and fewer positive behavior-dependent events than control children. Child reports showed a similar pattern, however significant differences were only present between anxious and control groups on the number of negative behavior-dependent events. Results indicated that anxious-control differences remain irrespective of comorbidity with nonanxiety disorders. However, the highest rates of negative life events were present in children with a comorbid disorder.

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Additional Information: Research conducted as part of the first author's PhD. Primary responsibility for the conceptualisation, analysis and write-up of study findings, as well as data collection. Study has been included in two recent reviews of the role of stress generation in the development of mental disorders in childhood and adolescence (see Liu & Alloy, 2010; Conway, Hammen & Brennan, 2012); and is the first study to examine this issue in relation to child anxiety.
Controlled Keywords: Child anxiety, negative life events, comorbidity, independence, Health and wellbeing
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 13:26
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:58
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