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A Meta-Analytical Study of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Symptomology and Comorbidity
Walter, April

2009, Psy. D., Antioch University, Antioch Seattle: Clinical Psychology.
A meta-analysis approach was employed to research the symptomatology andcomorbidity of pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD). This approach was chosen due to the
wide range of previously published research results and the limited size of the
populations investigated. Database searches of peer-reviewed empirical research
identified 861 journal articles published on the topic of pediatric bipolar disorder over the
last 49 years. Fifty-four articles, with a total subject pool of 10,318, met specific
inclusion criteria, which included being a quantitative study using standardized mean
difference, correlation coefficient, or odds-ratio statistics. Fifteen separate meta-analyses
were used to determine specificity regarding: differences reported in the literature
between pediatric and adult BPD, age of onset of PBD, comorbidity of cardinal
symptoms of mania (euphoria, grandiosity, irritability), prevalence of diagnostic type
(PBD-I, PBD-II, PBD-NOS), cycling type (chronic, rapid, episodic), and comorbidity
with other often overlapping disorders (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, major depression, and autism
spectrum disorders. All but three of the meta-analyses (chronic cycling, ODD, and MD
comorbidity) resulted in significant findings. All of the PBD diagnoses and most of the
comorbid disorders studied were highly correlated with much symptom overlap. Further
research is needed to more accurately determine what constitutes pediatric bipolar
disorder.
Mary Wieneke, Ph. D. (Committee Co-Chair)
Benny Martin, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair)
Molly Reid, Ph.D. (Other)
75 p.

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