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The Phenomenology and Assessment of Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health: Progress in Research

Melissa P. DelBello, MD

Published: September 17, 2007

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The 3 articles in this "Focus on Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health" reveal novel research developments in understanding the phenomenology and assessment of psychopathology in youth. Infante and colleagues compared rates of atopic disorders, which include asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and atopic dermatitis, among 4 groups of youth; those with only internalizing disorder, those with only externalizing disorder, those with both internalizing and externalizing disorder, and those with psychiatric disorders that were classified as neither internalizing nor externalizing. The authors found elevated rates of atopic disorders in patients with internalizing disorders alone, suggesting the possibility of a common underlying etiology for these disorders.’ ‹

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