A dimensional model of psychopathology among homeless adolescents: Suicidality, internalizing, and externalizing disorders

Kevin A. Yoder, Susan L. Longley, Leslie B Whitbeck, Danny R Hoyt

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Externalizing
  • Homeless adolescents
  • Internalizing
  • Psychopathology
  • Suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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