Author

Maura Paczan

Defense Date

5-26-2006

Graduation Date

2006

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Clinical Psychology

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Tammy L. Hughes

Committee Member

Boris Birmaher

Committee Member

Jeffrey A. Miller

Keywords

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

Abstract

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.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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