Parents' perception of mental development and behavioural problems in 8 to 9-year-old children
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 89, Issue 12, pages 1469–1473, December 2000
How to Cite
Larsson, J.-O., Lichtenstein, P., Fried, I., El-Sayed, E. and Rydelius, P. (2000), Parents' perception of mental development and behavioural problems in 8 to 9-year-old children. Acta Paediatrica, 89: 1469–1473. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2000.tb02778.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received Oct. 1, 1999; revisions received April 4 and June 30, 2000; accepted July 6, 2000
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder;
- behavioural problems;
- maturational rate
A slow maturational rate may be an underlying antecedent of a psychiatric disorder. If this is correct, differences in behavioural problems could be related to the maturity level in children of the same chronological age. The aim of the study was to compare the parents' perceptions and assessments of their children's maturational status and behavioural problems. A population based on a nationwide sample from the Swedish twin-register of 8 to 9-y-old children (n= 1079) was used. The parents completed a questionnaire including their views on their child's maturity level, the Swedish version of the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) and an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) checklist based on the DSM-III-R criteria. Multivariate analyses showed a statistically significant relationship between immaturity reported by the parents and several behavioural problems reported on the CBCL: somatic complaints, anxious and depressed, social problems, thought problems, attention problems, behaviour problems and aggressive behaviour. There was also a statistically significant relationship between the maturity factor and the CBCL grouping of syndromes (internalizing, externalizing, total behaviour problems score) as well as between the maturity factor and ADHD.
Conclusion: We conclude that at least from the parents' point of view the behaviour problems in their children may be related to maturity.