Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 269–285

Personality and Psychopathology in Flemish Referred Children: Five Perspectives of Continuity

Authors

    • Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University
  • Barbara De Clercq
    • Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University
  • Karla Van Leeuwen
    • Centre for Parenting, Child Welfare and Disabilities
  • Mieke Decuyper
    • Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University
  • Yves Rosseel
    • Department of Data Analysis, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University
  • Filip De Fruyt
    • Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesGhent University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10578-009-0125-1

Cite this article as:
De Bolle, M., De Clercq, B., Van Leeuwen, K. et al. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2009) 40: 269. doi:10.1007/s10578-009-0125-1

Abstract

The present study investigates five types of continuity of personality and internalizing and externalizing problems (i.e., structural, differential, mean-level, individual-level and ipsative continuity) in a sample of referred children and adolescents (N = 114) with a broad variety of psychological problems. Mothers were administered a child personality and psychopathology measure, i.e., the Hierarchical Personality Inventory for Children [Handleiding hiërarchische persoonlijkheidsvragenlijst voor kinderen (manual hierarchical personality inventory for children). Ghent University, Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology, Ghent, 2005] and the Child Behavior Checklist [Handleiding voor de cbcl/4–18: (Manual of the CBCL/4–18), Afdeling Kinder- en Jeugdpsychiatrie. Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1996] at two measurement occasions, with a 26-months interval. Personality was substantially stable, paralleling findings for non-referred peers. Internalizing and Externalizing Problem Behavior were almost as stable as personality traits, suggesting that childhood psychopathology is more persistent than generally assumed. Strengths and limitations of the present study and implications for further research are discussed.

Keywords

PsychopathologyProblem behaviorPersonalityContinuityChange

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