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Perinatal factors were used to predict childhood emotional/behavioral disturbance using a discriminant analysis. A cross validation procedure was employed showing that 20 of 26 factors studied contributed to the separation between groups at clinical levels of accuracy. Frequencies, percentages, and relative risk factors were calculated for each perinatal factor and for the discriminant function. Results were used to argue to a multivariate approach in the examination of a relationship between perinatal events and development of emotional/behavioral disorders in children and adolescents.
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Ervin S. Batchelor, Jr., Ph.D., Raymond S. Dean, Ph.D., Jeffrey W. Gray, Ph.D. & Stanley Wenck, Ph.D.
Ervin S. Batchelor teaches in the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Raymond S. Dean is at the Neuropsychology Laboratory, Ball State University and the Indiana University School of Medicine, Jeffrey W. Gray is with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Evansville University, and Stanley Wenck is with the Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University. Direct all correspondence to Ervin S. Batchelor, Jr., Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UNCC, Charlotte, NC 28223.