Comparison of Psychiatric Disorders Between Children with a History of Parental Divorce and Parental Death


Psychiatry and behavioral sciences (Online), vol.8, no.4, pp.171-177, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/pbs.20181112085809
  • Journal Name: Psychiatry and behavioral sciences (Online)
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.171-177
  • Keywords: Parental death, parental divorce, psychopathology, children, adolescents
  • Istanbul Gelisim University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This study is aimed to compare the rate of psychiatric diagnoses between children and adolescents with parentaldeath and parental divorce. The study additionally examines the differences in psychiatric diagnosis of children between preand post-parental divorce.Methods: The files of 4,160 children and adolescents referred to child psychiatry outpatient clinic between September 2014and September 2016 were examined retrospectively. Six hundred thirty eight children and adolescents with parental divorceor parental death were compared in terms of psychiatric disorders. The relationship between age, gender, living with motheror father, parental remarriage and psychopathology in children and adolescents was evaluated. Psychiatric diagnoses werecompared in cases with parental divorce before and after the divorce.Results: There were no significant differences between groups in terms of current psychiatric disorders. In both groups,disruptive behavior disorders were the most common diagnosis, followed by internalizing disorders such as depression andanxiety disorders. Younger age and living with the father were factors associated with psychiatric disorder in children.Discussion: Supportive approaches towards children with younger age and living with the father and their parents may beespecially important in reducing the risk of developing psychiatric disorders