McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Tammy L. Hughes
Jeffrey A. Miller
adolescents, age of onset, Bipolar Disorder, bipolar disorder not otherwise specified, children, children's global assessment scale, global social adjustment, psychosocial functioning, relationships with family, relationships with friends, school functioning
This study provides a literature review of how the various sub-types of bipolar disorders are related to a child's daily functioning. Also, this study examined the age of onset of the disorder as it is related to psychosocial functioning. Specifically, age of onset was compared with psychosocial functioning in the areas of friends, family and school. Further, the interaction between age of onset, type of bipolar disorder (I, II, NOS), and psychosocial functioning was examined. The results confirmed, youth diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder evidence significant difficulty in overall psychosocial functioning. This finding was consistent across measures (i.e., CGAS and GSA ALIFE). Implications of the Age of Onset and diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (I, II, NOS) on a youth's psychosocial functioning were examined and discussed.
Paczan, M. (2006). An Investigation of Psychosocial Functioning for Children and Adolescents Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorders (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1006