Date of Award:

2002

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Susan L. Cowley

Abstract

Internalizing disorders can have negative effects ranging from diminished self-esteem to suicidal thoughts and behaviors . Native American children and adolescents often face pressures that put them at increased risk for the development of internalizing disorders, yet research within this population is almost nonexistent.

Given the serious implications of and the lack of research on internalizing disorders among this minority group, the present study was designed to provide information on the rate of internalizing symptoms in a sample of Native American adolescents, and provide normative data utilizing this sample for the Internalizing Symptoms Scale for Adolescents. Data were collected using the Internalizing Symptoms Scale for Adolescents, the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale, the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children.

Findings indicate that the Native American sample of adolescents are endorsing clinically significant levels internalizing symptoms at rates similar to those found in the general population.

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