Environmental Stressors Predicting Comorbid Internalizing and Externalizing Problems in Disadvantaged African American A...

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Title:
Environmental Stressors Predicting Comorbid Internalizing and Externalizing Problems in Disadvantaged African American Adolescents
Physical Description:
1 online resource (83 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Liu, Jingwen
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Master's ( M.S.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Psychology
Committee Chair:
KERTES,DARLENE
Committee Co-Chair:
GRABER,JULIA A
Committee Members:
MORADI,BANAFSHEH

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
comorbidity -- externalizing -- internalizing
Psychology -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Psychology thesis, M.S.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Internalizing and externalizing problems are salient during adolescence, and they predict many related psychopathologies in adulthood. Risk and protective factors for the two types of problems have been well studied respectively, yet much less is known regarding risk and protective factors for the comorbidity between them. The present study examined the rate and factorial structure of pure and comorbid internalizing and externalizing problems in a sample of disadvantaged African American adolescents from Mobile,Alabama. The predictive effects of stressful life events, racial discrimination, and exposure to violence on the two types of problems were also examined. Internalizing and externalizing problems show a high level of comorbidity in the present sample. In addition, Confirmatory Factory Analysis show that internalizing and externalizing items can be explained by three latent factors, a pure-form externalizing factor, a pure-form internalizing factor, and a comorbid factor. Stressful life events, racial discrimination,and exposure to violence were more predictive of the comorbid problems rather than either of the pure-form problems alone. Boys and girls differed in the rate and factorial structure of pure and comorbid problems. Gender differences were also evident in the relationships between environmental stressors and the two types of problems. Considerable discrepancies from self-reports and parent-reports were observed in the rate and structure of the two types of problems, as well as in their relations with environmental stressors. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings were discussed.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Jingwen Liu.
Thesis:
Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: KERTES,DARLENE.
Local:
Co-adviser: GRABER,JULIA A.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-12-31

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0046340:00001