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Keywords:

  • Children;
  • depression;
  • Children's Depression Inventory;
  • depressive symptoms

Abstract Scores on the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) for 103 affective and 125 Conduct disordered psychiatric inpatients aged 6–17 were subjected to cluster analysis of variables using average linkage (with arccosine transformation) as a means of investigating differences in CDI response patterns between the two groups. Both vertical (hierarchical) and horizontal (nested) clusters were examined. The investigation indicated hierarchical dusters for the affective disordered group dealing with sadness and isolation, a negative self-image, and sell-loathing. For the conduct disordered group, clusters centered hierarchically around a defeated attitude, being upset not having fn anymore and not wanting to fee wit other people, and difficulty with academic performance.