Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 95-104

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A Dimensional Model of Psychopathology Among Homeless Adolescents: Suicidality, Internalizing, and Externalizing Disorders

  • Kevin A. YoderAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, University of North Texas Email author 
  • , Susan L. LongleyAffiliated withVeterans Administration Medical Center
  • , Les B. WhitbeckAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • , Dan R. HoytAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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The present study examined associations among dimensions of suicidality and psychopathology in a sample of 428 homeless adolescents (56.3% female). Confirmatory factor analysis results provided support for a three-factor model in which suicidality (measured with lifetime suicidal ideation and suicide attempts), internalizing disorders (assessed with lifetime diagnoses of major depressive episode and post-traumatic stress disorder), and externalizing disorders (indicated by lifetime diagnoses of conduct disorder, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse) were positively intercorrelated. The findings illustrate the utility of a dimensional approach that integrates suicidality and psychopathology into one model.


Psychopathology Suicidality Internalizing Externalizing Homeless adolescents