Dorothy Bailey

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We compared children aged 7-12 years referred to child psychiatrists by general practitioners (GPs) with community control children matched for the presence of psychiatric disorder. Referral status in psychiatrically disturbed children was linked to male sex, severity of the disorder, mental problems in the mothers, high levels of psychosocial stress in the(More)
Children 7 to 12 years of age were asked to indicate events they had experienced in the previous three months in a questionnaire devised for the study. Most children were able to complete the questionnaire and reported positive and negative events, the most common themes being personal achievement, illness-related events and problems in relationships. The(More)
Family doctors identified psychological factors associated with the presenting complaint in 17% of children aged 7 to 12 years attending their care. When compared with other children attending within the same age group, children said by their doctors to show associated psychological factors tended to present with psychosomatic-type symptoms (bed-wetting,(More)
A substantial minority (23%) of children between 7 and 12 years of age attending general practice were found to have psychiatric disorders. Disturbance was slightly more frequent in girls than in boys, and emotional disorder was the most common diagnosis. Psychiatric disorder was associated with psychological disadvantage (broken homes, the child had lived(More)
We studied general practitioner and parental attitudes towards the referral to child psychiatric clinics of 65 children aged 7-12 yrs. The doctors gave parental request and anxiety and the seriousness of the child's condition as the most common reasons for the referral. Their expectations of it were well in line with current psychiatric practice. There was(More)
In an investigation of childhood psychological deviance, we used a brief interview, the Social Stress and Support Interview of Jenkins and her collogues (1981), to measure the stress and support experienced subjectively by parents in a number of social and interpersonal domains. The reliability — based on subject-rater and inter questionnaire agreement —(More)
In a study of children 7-12 yr of age referred to general paediatric clinics, paediatricians reported psychological factors associated to somatic presentations in 47% of the children. These cases presented with a variety of somatic symptoms, but abdominal/chest/joint pains and soiling were particularly common. From research interviews with the parents we(More)
Detailed interviews with parents of 128 children aged 7 to 12 years consecutively referred to general paediatric clinics identified psychiatric disturbance in 36 (28%) of the children. Emotional disorders were the commonest psychiatric diagnoses (present in two thirds); less frequent diagnoses were conduct disorders (5/36, 14%), mixed conduct/emotional(More)
Parental questionnaires identified 22% of children aged 7-12 years attending 8 general practices as psychologically deviant. Most attended for physical complaints. A comparison with general population rates showed that deviant children were over-represented among surgery attenders, particularly in the more socially advantaged areas. This finding may be(More)