Volume 22, Issue 1 p. 73-88

THE VALIDITY OF DEPRESSIVE DISORDER IN CHILDHOOD AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SELF-RATING SCALE: A RESEARCH REPORT

Peter Birleson

Corresponding Author

Peter Birleson

Young People's Unit, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

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First published: January 1981
Citations: 613

SUMMARY

An operational definition of depressive disorder was used to define a group of prepubertal children attending a hospital-based out-patient child psychiatry clinic. The construct validity of depressive disorder in childhood was demonstrated by comparing this group with a matched control group on historical and clinical data.