Is emotional dysregulation a risk indicator for auto-aggression behaviors in adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder?

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Abstract

Background The Child Behavior Checklist Dysregulation Profile (CBCL-DP), (high scores in Anxious/Depressed, Attention Problems, and Aggressive Behavior subscales), has been related to poor emotional and behavioral self-regulation in children and adolescents. Our aim is to evaluate if it may be associated with auto-aggression in youth with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Method In 72 consecutively referred youths with ODD, emotional dysregulation was assessed with the CBCL-DP, auto-aggression and physical aggression against other persons with the Modified Overt Aggression Scale. Results Regression analysis showed that greater higher CBCL-DP scores were associated to higher levels of auto-aggression, even when controlling for the levels of physical aggression against others and CBCL Total score. Limitations The small sample size, the cross-sectional design, and the lack of a control group limit the generalization of our findings. Conclusions Referred ODD youths with higher scores of CBCL-DP are more likely to present auto-aggression, besides aggression against others. The CBCL could improve the screening and detection of these high-risk patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-112
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Aggression
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Dysregulation profile
  • Screening
  • Self-harm behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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