THE PREVALENCE OF BEHAVIOR SYMPTOMS IN YOUNGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Authors

  • Dr. John S. Werry M.D.,

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    1. Former Director, Institute for Juvenile Research, Chicago, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, is currently Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Auckland University School of Medicine, Auckland, New Zealand
      c/o Children's Research Center, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill. 61820
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  • Herbert C. Quay Ph.D.

    1. Professor and Chairman, Division of Educational Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
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c/o Children's Research Center, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill. 61820

Abstract

The frequency of fifty-five behavior symptoms was studied in the entire kindergarten through grade two population of a midwestern university town. Many symptoms proved to be of high frequency; boys had a greater number of symptoms with a marked excess of acting out than did girls. Generally speaking, the mean number of symptoms per child decreased with age in both sexes.

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