A cross-cultural comparison of behavior disturbance and suicidal behavior among psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents in Israel and the United States

Y. Cohen, A. Spirito, A. Apter, S. Saini

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Abstract

American adolescent psychiatric patients had significantly higher levels of suicidal behavior (49% vs. 19%) and a higher percentage of depression diagnoses (78% vs. 24%) than Israeli psychiatric inpatients. After controlling for the diagnosis of depression, American male patients obtained significantly higher scores on the Obsessive-Compulsive, Aggression, and Hyperactive subscales of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) than the Israeli males. American females scored higher on the Depression subscale than Israeli females. Differences may be attributed to less tolerance or differing perceptions of deviant behavior in America, clinical practice, and/or the CBCL's greater applicability to American inpatient samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-102
Number of pages14
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • CBCL
  • Cross-cultural
  • Inpatient
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Suicide Attempts

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