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

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*Requests for reprints to: Dr. p. Birleson, The Young People's Unit, Tipperlin House, Tipperlin Road, Edinburgh EH 10 5HF, U. K.

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.

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