Adjustment Disorder in Children and Adolescents

JEFFREY H. NEWCORN, JAMES STRAIN

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Abstract

The literature on adjustment disorder in children and adolescents is reviewed to evaluate the empirical and conceptual basis of this disorder as defined in DSM-III-R, and to determine whether revisions are indicated in DSM-IV. Existing studies suggest that adjustment disorder is a disorder of high prevalence in all settings, which carries significant morbidity and poor outcome in children and adolescents. Problems identified with the DSM-III-R definition include low reliability, the predominance of mixed rather than discrete symptom presentations in children and adolescents, and the persistence of symptoms in excess of 6 months in a significant number of cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-326
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

Keywords

  • DSM-III-R
  • adjustment disorder
  • stress

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