Change in psychopathology in referred children: The role of life events and perceived stress

A.M. Willemen, H.M. Koot, R.F. Ferdinand, F.A. Goossens, C. Schuengel

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Background: This study examined the relation between stress and change in emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents referred for mental health services. Method: At three waves across four years, children and their parents (N = 310, mean age at the first wave = 11.26 years, SD = 3.18) reported emotional and behavioural problems, as well as stressful life events (parent report) and perceived stress (child report). Results: Major life events before referral were associated with higher levels of parent-reported internalising and externalising problems at referral. Life events after referral were associated with a slower recovery from internalising problems. The associations between stressful life events and the course of parent- and self-reported problems were mediated by children's subjective feelings of stress. Conclusion: Stressful life events appear to interfere with recovery from internalising problems in the years after referral through increasing the experience of stress in daily life. © 2008 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1175-1183
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume49
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Change in psychopathology in referred children: The role of life events and perceived stress. / Willemen, A.M.; Koot, H.M.; Ferdinand, R.F.; Goossens, F.A.; Schuengel, C.

In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 49, No. 11, 2008, p. 1175-1183.

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