Behavioral problems in pediatric primary care

Raffaella Tancredi, L. Picchi, C. Floriani, P. Seppia, F. Muratori

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Abstract

Objective. To evaluate the prevalence of behavioral disorders in pediatric primary care. Methods. 124 children aged 4 to 16, recruited in a primary care setting, were screened using the Child Behavior CheckList. The prevalence of behavioral problems and the presence of differences for sex, age and reason for referral were evaluated. Results. The prevalence of children with pathological score was 23%. Children aged 4-5.11 years, particularly females, showed higher mean scores on the externalizing scale. Females showed greater social competence in late childhood and adolescence. Children referred for symptoms showed more pathological scores than children referred for a routine visit. Conclusions. The prevalence rate is consistent with international studies. The use of CBCL as a screening instrument for behavioral problems in pediatric practice is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-382
Number of pages6
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume28
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002

Keywords

  • CBCL
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Epidemiology
  • Externalizing disorders
  • Internalizing disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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