Stability and Change in Internalizing Problems in the Transition to Early Adolescence

Kirby Deater-Deckard and Shirley McGuire

in Nature, Nurture, and the Transition to Early Adolescence

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157475
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848065 | DOI:
Stability and Change in                         Internalizing Problems in the Transition to Early Adolescence

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Internalizing problems in childhood and adolescence reflect a broad array of emotions, including feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and somatic problems. Much research has focused on describing the prevalence, predictors, and stability of depressive illness in referred and clinically diagnosed groups of children. Another series of studies has focused on understanding the nature and correlates of individual differences in internalizing symptoms in unselected community samples. The two approaches complement each other since the etiology of the extremes may be similar to the etiology of the full range of internalizing problems in the population. This approach is one component within the field of developmental psychopathology that emphasizes exploration of the links between the normal and abnormal in order to learn more about development. This chapter presents the results of a study that assessed the etiology of stability and change in several aspects of internalizing problems (loneliness, depression, and anxiety) in a community-based sample, the Colorado Adoption Project.

Keywords: Colorado Adoption Project; internalizing problems; childhood; adolescence; loneliness; depression; anxiety; etiology; developmental psychopathology; children

Chapter.  7158 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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