Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 153–164

Relationship Between Specific Adverse Life Events and Psychiatric Disorders

  • Quyen Q. Tiet
  • Hector R. Bird
  • Christina W. Hoven
  • Robert Moore
  • Ping Wu
  • Judy Wicks
  • Peter S. Jensen
  • Sherryl Goodman
  • Patricia Cohen
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005288130494

Cite this article as:
Tiet, Q.Q., Bird, H.R., Hoven, C.W. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2001) 29: 153. doi:10.1023/A:1005288130494

Abstract

This study examines whether certain psychiatric disorders are associated more closely with adverse life events than other disorders are, and whether some adverse life events are associated with a specific group of disorders (e.g., depressive disorders), but not with other disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders). A probability sample of youth aged 9–17 at 4 sites is used (N = 1,285). Univariate and multivariate logistic regressions identify specific relationships between 25 adverse life events and 9 common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, measured by the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children. Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Dysthymia are significantly associated with many of the adverse life events examined, whereas Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Social Phobia are related to very few. This study suggests that certain psychiatric disorders may be more closely associated with adverse life events than other psychiatric disorders are, and that some adverse life events seem to be related to specific types of disorders.

adverse life eventspsychopathologyepidemiologychildren and adolescentsdepressive disordersdisruptive disordersanxiety disorders

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quyen Q. Tiet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hector R. Bird
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christina W. Hoven
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert Moore
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ping Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judy Wicks
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter S. Jensen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sherryl Goodman
    • 3
  • Patricia Cohen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew York
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew York
  3. 3.Emory UniversityUSA