Investigation of the heterogeneity of disruptive behaviour in elementary-age children

Daniel A. Waschbusch, Stephen Porter, Normand Carrey, S. Omar Kazmi, Kerry A. Roach, Delia A. D'Amico

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Abstract

We evaluated parent and teacher ratings of a large sample (N = 1579) of elementary-school children in Canada to determine how different conceptualizations of disruptive behaviour are co-related and related to other measures of functioning. Parent and teacher ratings were consistent, and suggested three separate but correlated aspects of disruptive behaviour in children: (1) reactive/oppositional behaviour, (2) proactive/callous behaviour; and (3) inattention-impulsive-overactive behaviour. These were uniquely and significantly related to DSM-IV diagnostic scores and to other measure of impairment, indicating that they measure distinct aspects of disruptive behaviour in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Behavioural Science
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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