Key PointsQuestionIs the network structure of emotional and behavioral symptoms among elementary school girls indicative of later anxiety disorder or major depression occurrence? FindingsIn this network analysis of 932 elementary school girls from an ongoing population-based cohort study, bridge symptoms between disruptive and internalizing symptom communities (symptom clusters in networks) were identified. These symptoms exhibited the strongest relationships with anxiety disorders at ages 15 and 22 years. MeaningBridge symptoms appear to play a central role in the developmental process leading to long-term anxiety and have potential relevance as early targets in disease-prevention or health-promotion interventions.
JAMA Psychiatry – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 15, 2018