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Title

Fit of the Tripartite Model With Residential Youth Referred for Externalizing Problems

Author

Eu Gene Chin

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.A. in Psychology

First Advisor

John Young

Second Advisor

Laura Johnson

Third Advisor

Alan M. Gross

Abstract

The tripartite model of anxiety and depression (Clark & Watson, 1991) has received strong support among adult, adolescent, and child populations. Clinical samples of children and adolescents in these studies, however, have usually been referred for treatment of anxiety and depression. This study investigated the fit of the tripartite model for children and adolescents in a large, inpatient facility who were referred primarily for externalizing problems. Structural Equation Modeling was used to test the tripartite model relationship between negative affect, positive affect, and mood symptoms. Multiple fit indices were used to provide a reliable and conservative evaluation of the model. As predicted, the tripartite model provided a good fit for a sample of children and adolescents with externalizing problems. Implications of these findings are discussed, both in terms of recommendations for residential assessment and utility of the tripartite model in understanding anxiety and depression in a different population.

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