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Behfar Z, Agha Mohammadian H, Maram B. Family Functioning of Adolescent Girls With Internalizing Disorders and in Dispatched Families. Advances in Cognitive Sciences. 2006; 8 (2) :21-30
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1- Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.
Abstract:   (2040 Views)
Objective: This study examined the relation between family functioning and internalizing disorders in adolescent girls; and also it compared the family functioning of dispatched families (affected by drug abuse, divorce) with that of normal families. 
Method: 334 adolescent girls aged 14–18 years were selected from 22 high schools of Mashad to complete Youth self-report (YSR), and Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation scales (faces III). 
Results: Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) showed that girls who had symptoms of internalizing disorders reported their families as less cohesive and less satisfactory compared to normal girls. Girls from drug-using families reported their family cohesion less compared to girls from normal families.  Logistic regression analyses revealed that family cohesion and satisfaction with family adaptability were 72.7% predictive for subjects classification as symptomatic or normal groups. 
Conclusion: Family functioning and family therapy must be considered in the assessment and management of psychological problems of adolescents, especially the internalizing disorders in adolescent girls.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2006/03/16 | Accepted: 2006/04/21 | Published: 2006/06/22

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