:: Volume 4, Issue 14 (12-2009) ::
IJNR 2009, 4(14): 29-37 Back to browse issues page
Behavioral disorders and related factors in school age children of Gorgan
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pediatric behavioral disorders and their predisposing factors is essential in improving

psychological services and establishing preventive indicators for children’s mental

health. The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of behavioral

disorders of school age children and related epidemiological factors, in Gorgan city,

in 2005-2006.

Acquiring information regarding the extend and prevalence of


sampling method to recruit 2600 school age children. Data were collected through

Rutter’s parent questionnaire (RA

cutoff point of 13 was considered and children with total score of 13 or more were

regarded to be disordered. Descriptive statistics and odds-Ratio and chi-square tests

were used to analysis the data.

A cross sectional study was carried out using multistage cluster2), a standard tool which parents completed. A



governmental schools (72.7%). in view of the regarded cutoff point, 18.4% of

children suffered from behavioral disorders. There was significant correlations

between having behavioral disorder with being in single parent family, crowded and

low income families, history of crisis during the previous year, job and education of

the parents, and children schools (

Most of the samples were female (52.8%), first child with mean age of±1.5, having both parents living with them (94.5%) and were studying inP<0.05).


current study compare to many others, investigating the explanations and reasons for

as well as providing educational and consultation services is necessary.

Considering the higher prevalence of behavior disorders found in

Key words:

Behavioral disorders, Epidemiological factors, Children, Gorgan, Rutter’s parent questionnaire
Keywords: Behavioral disorders, Epidemiological factors, Children, Gorgan, Rutter’s parent questionnaire
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Type of Study: Medical | Subject: medical
Received: 2009/06/29 | Published: 2009/12/15

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