Change trajectories of externalizing behavior in young children with severe psychopathology: Relations with caregiver mood

Rachel Baldwin, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

Understanding patterns and predictors of changes in externalizing behavior in young children can assist in the development and evaluation of programs and interventions of children with severe psychopathology. Factors that have been demonstrated to predict change processes include caregiver mood, child gender and child age. The current study consisted of daily child behavior ratings and caregiver mood ratings for 182 children treated for severe behavioral problems in a partial hospitalization program. When measured on a daily basis, child externalizing behavior tended to decrease across time. Caregiver mood was not a significant predictor of changes in child externalizing behavior. Gender and age were predictive of the initial levels of externalizing behaviors, with male gender and younger age associated with higher initial levels of externalizing behaviors. There were no age or gender differences in the rate at which the externalizing behaviors decreased. The findings suggest that daily measurement may be an appropriate time scale to use to evaluate change processes and to explore predictors of change.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Rachel Baldwin, "Change trajectories of externalizing behavior in young children with severe psychopathology: Relations with caregiver mood" (2012). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI3523293.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI3523293

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