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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Seligman, Laura D.
URN etd-5829155109623090
Title The Effects Of Anxiety and Depression on Children's Utilization of Medical Health Care Services
Degree Master of Science
Department Clinical Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Clum, George A. Jr.
Cooper, Robin K. Panneton
Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Chair
  • internalizing disorders
  • children
  • adolescents
  • health care use
Date of Defense 1996-10-07
Availability unrestricted
The current study was designed to examine the relationship between childhood anxiety and depression and

children's rate of medical care utilization. Additionally, the model examined

considered family and parental factors (family conflict, parental anxiety,

parental depression, and parental somatization) as well as children's level of

negative affectivity and demographic variables (ageand sex). A hierarchical

regression analysis was used to examine the effects of each of these variables

on rate of physician utilization and to control for the effects of demographic

factors, parent/family variables and negative affectivity while examining

childhood anxiety and depression. Results revealed that parental anxiety and

depression and family conflict contribute significantly to the explanation of

children's health care utilization. Additionally, child anxiety also explained

number of physician visits but only when considered in the absence of child depression.

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