Continuous categorical problem behavior on a

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Unformatted text preview: r really are? 7. DP 7. See principles from last lecture “Mentaldisorder” reflects deviations in development, shaped by both biological risk and context, unfolding over time The most accurate to date, but hard to put into a set of bullet points or a headline: Behavior as fluid, multidetermined; biological AND contextual, at multiple levels… Point of this course: To see how this model works Categorical vs. Continuous Categorical Problem behavior: On a continuum? Separate category? I.e., dimensional/continuous vs. categorical/taxonic Example of high blood pressure/hypertension Most behavior patterns are continuous But see Kagan re: inhibited temperament Or ‘melancholia’ within depression (diurnal variation, familial, distinct Or quality to depressed mood) So, sometimes a “taxon” or category may exist in what seems to be So, continuous distribution continuous Taxometrics: statistical strategies to try and tease this apart Internalizing vs. Externalizing Internalizing Achenbach’s approach Gather data on 400+ items about all of child behavior problems (parent and teacher) Factor analyze (look for underlying dimensions) A lot like the way the Big 5 personality factors were derived First order: 8 factors Withdrawn Somatic Concerns Dep...
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