A further look at the prognostic power of young children’s reports of depressed mood and feelings

Nicholas S. Ialongo, Gail Edelsohn, Sheppard G. Kellam

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Abstract

A primary objective of the present study was to determine the validity of first graders’ self-reports of depressed mood and feelings. To that end, the prognostic power of first-grade self-reports of depressed mood and feelings was examined with respect to later psychopathology and adaptive functioning in a population of urban school children (N = 946). First-grade self-reports of depressed mood predicted later child academic functioning, the need for and use of mental health services, suicidal ideation, and a diagnosis of major depressive disorder by age 14. The prognostic power of these early self-reports suggests that children as young as 5 or 6 years of age are capable of providing valid reports of depressed mood and feelings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Progress in Child Psychiatry and Child Development 2002
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages347-368
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136651007
ISBN (Print)9780415949170
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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