School Phobia: Patterns of Family Functioning

GAIL A. BERNSTEIN, PEDER H. SVINGEN, BARRY D. GARFINKEL

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Abstract

Seventy-six families of children with school phobia were evaluated with the Family Assessment Measure. Mothers and fathers, as separate groups, rated clinically significant dysfunction in the parent-child relationship in the areas of role performance and values and norms. There were no significant differences between intact and single-parent families on ratings of family dysfunction. There was significantly less family dysfunction as rated by mothers and by children if the child had a diagnosis of pure anxiety disorder compared to families of school phobic children in other diagnostic categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

Keywords

  • family functioning
  • school phobia
  • single-parent families

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