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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Distinct Developmental Trajectories in Children's Mental Health

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Session Number: 35 Room: Salon J

Presenting: Warren Lambert; Shelagh Mulvaney; Judy Garber; Lynn Walker

All Authors for this paper: Warren Lambert; Shelagh Mulvaney; Judy Garber; Lynn Walker

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: Longitudinal trajectory analysis divides a sample into distinct time patterns. After a brief review of the statistical background, we present several examples of distinct trajectories in samples of children and youth. Then we consider in detail a study identifying somatic symptom trajectories for children and adolescents ages of 6-17 with chronic abdominal pain. Self-reports were assessed at baseline, one month, one year, and five years. There were five unique trajectories, three trajectories indicating improvement and two indicating possible worsening. Child age, anxiety-depression, functional disability, and global perceptions of self-worth at baseline distinguished among the five pain trajectories.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentation Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM