Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 95–104

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

  • Kevin A. Yoder
  • Susan L. Longley
  • Les B. Whitbeck
  • Dan R. Hoyt


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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin A. Yoder
    • 1
  • Susan L. Longley
    • 2
  • Les B. Whitbeck
    • 3
  • Dan R. Hoyt
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Administration Medical CenterSyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of Nebraska–LincolnLincolnUSA

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