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Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data

Sarah De Pauw (UGent) , Ivan Mervielde (UGent) , Barbara De Clercq (UGent) , Filip De Fruyt (UGent) , Sabine Tremmery and Dirk Deboutte (UGent)
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Research on adulthood posits personality and self-esteem as important predictors of psychopathology. In childhood, however, the study of these relationships is complicated by the lack of consensus on how to combine data from multiple informants of child behavior. This study evaluates the relationships among personality symptoms, self-esteem and psychopathology in 60 child psychiatric patients (M (age) = 10.6) using principal component analysis (PCA) to aggregate data from multiple informants and compares this strategy with a single informant approach. When predictor and criterion measures were rated by a single informant, strong and differential relationships between personality symptoms, self-esteem and psychopathology are found. When multiple informant data were combined into composite scores by PCA, correlations decreased but remained significant. Hierarchical regression analyses affirm the robustness of the following pattern: Emotional Instability, Introversion and Global Self-Esteem are associated with internalizing whereas Disagreeableness and Behavioral Conduct primarily relate to externalizing problems.
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Psychopathology, Multiple informants, Problem behavior, Personality, Self-esteem

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De Pauw, Sarah, Ivan Mervielde, Barbara De Clercq, Filip De Fruyt, Sabine Tremmery, and Dirk Deboutte. 2009. “Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data.” Child Psychiatry & Human Development 40 (4): 499–515.
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De Pauw, Sarah, Mervielde, I., De Clercq, B., De Fruyt, F., Tremmery, S., & Deboutte, D. (2009). Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data. CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 40(4), 499–515.
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De Pauw S, Mervielde I, De Clercq B, De Fruyt F, Tremmery S, Deboutte D. Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data. CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. 2009;40(4):499–515.
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De Pauw, Sarah, Ivan Mervielde, Barbara De Clercq, et al. “Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data.” CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 40.4 (2009): 499–515. Print.
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  abstract     = {Research on adulthood posits personality and self-esteem as important predictors of psychopathology. In childhood, however, the study of these relationships is complicated by the lack of consensus on how to combine data from multiple informants of child behavior. This study evaluates the relationships among personality symptoms, self-esteem and psychopathology in 60 child psychiatric patients (M (age) = 10.6) using principal component analysis (PCA) to aggregate data from multiple informants and compares this strategy with a single informant approach. When predictor and criterion measures were rated by a single informant, strong and differential relationships between personality symptoms, self-esteem and psychopathology are found. When multiple informant data were combined into composite scores by PCA, correlations decreased but remained significant. Hierarchical regression analyses affirm the robustness of the following pattern: Emotional Instability, Introversion and Global Self-Esteem are associated with internalizing whereas Disagreeableness and Behavioral Conduct primarily relate to externalizing problems.},
  author       = {De Pauw, Sarah and Mervielde, Ivan and De Clercq, Barbara and De Fruyt, Filip and Tremmery, Sabine and Deboutte, Dirk},
  issn         = {0009-398X},
  journal      = {CHILD PSYCHIATRY \& HUMAN DEVELOPMENT},
  keyword      = {Psychopathology,Multiple informants,Problem behavior,Personality,Self-esteem},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {499--515},
  title        = {Personality Symptoms and Self-Esteem as Correlates of Psychopathology in Child Psychiatric Patients: Evaluating Multiple Informant Data},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10578-009-0140-2},
  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2009},
}

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