Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 3–14

Aggressive behavior and learning difficulties as symptoms of depression in children

  • Philip Ney
  • Patrick Colbert
  • Bonnie Newman
  • Judy Young

DOI: 10.1007/BF00707909

Cite this article as:
Ney, P., Colbert, P., Newman, B. et al. Child Psych Hum Dev (1986) 17: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00707909


No background characteristics and only five of 21 symptoms were significantly different between children diagnosed using DSM III criteria and children diagnosed using most DSM III criteria but substituting symptoms of agression and school difficulties. Since these groups of children appear to be more similar than different, we conclude that they belong to the same population of depressed children. Their somewhat different symptomatology may tend to confuse the diagnosis. If only DSM criteria are applied, half the depressed children will be missed. Adults may miss depression in children because they are not expecting it or because it implicates them.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Ney
    • 1
  • Patrick Colbert
    • 2
  • Bonnie Newman
    • 3
  • Judy Young
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineChristchurch Clinical School of MedicineChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.GP Pearkes Center for Handicapped ChildrenVictoriaCanada
  3. 3.Diagnostic Teaching CenterVictoriaCanada
  4. 4.Victoria General HospitalVictoriaCanada
  5. 5.Health Sciences CenterCalgary

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