Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 527–547 | Cite as

Perceived family environments of depressed and anxious children: Child's and maternal figure's perspectives

  • Kevin D. Stark
  • Laura Lynn Humphrey
  • Kim Crook
  • Kay Lewis


This study examined perceived environment among families with a depressed, depressed and anxious, anxious, or normal child from the 4th to 7th grades. Fifty-one such children were classified according to criteria from the K- SADS and a set of self-ratings of depression and anxiety. Results showed that children in all three diagnostic groups, and to a lesser extent their mothers, experienced their families as more distressed on a host of dimensions relative to controls. In addition, significant differences were found between families with a depressed and anxious child and those with an anxious child. Discriminant function analyses revealed that 68.63 % of the youngsters could be classified correctly into depressed and anxious groups on the basis of their family ratings alone.


Function Analysis Discriminant Function Diagnostic Group Normal Child Family Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin D. Stark
    • 2
  • Laura Lynn Humphrey
    • 1
  • Kim Crook
    • 2
  • Kay Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.SchooI of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityEvanston
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of TexasAustin

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