Korean J Psychosom Med.  2018 Jun;26(1):9-18. 10.22722/KJPM.2018.26.1.9.

Complementarity between SDQ-SR and MMPI-A in Assessing Adolescents with Internalizing Disorder : A Preliminary Study

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. jsahn@yonsei.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The aims of this study were to investigate the psychopathology in adolescents with internalizing disorder using the self-report version of Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ-SR) and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for adolescents (MMPI-A), and to explore the complementarity between these two inventories for diagnostic assessment.
METHODS
Ninety-one patients aged 13-17 were divided into two groups by clinical diagnosis, 44 with internalizing disorder and 47 comparison group with other disorders. The data of SDQ-SR and MMPI-A completed by them were analyzed for the ability to predict internalizing disorder.
RESULTS
The logistic regression analysis revealed that diagnostic predictability increased by 2.27 times with every 1 point of SDQ-SR emotional symptom score increment. Comparison of ROC curves for internalizing disorders showed that the SE and SP of SDQ-SR emotional symptom with score over 4 was 88.94 and 78.72, respectively. For A-anx of MMPI-A with score over 56, SE and SP was 77.27 and 74.47, respectively. However, combination of these scales could not enhance the predictability of diagnostic classification more than that of SDQ-SR emotional symptom alone.
CONCLUSIONS
Emotional symptom scale of SDQ-SR and A-anx, A-aln, A and INTR of MMPI-A should be important subscales for diagnosing the internalizing disorder of adolescents, however, which needs to be examined further with a larger sample size including normal control group.

Keyword

Internalizing disorder; SDQ-SR; MMPI-A; Adolescents

MeSH Terms

Adolescent*
Classification
Diagnosis
Equipment and Supplies
Humans
Logistic Models
MMPI
Psychopathology
ROC Curve
Sample Size
Weights and Measures
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