Mini Review
Volume 9 Issue 6 - 2020
Body Mass Index in Underweight Children and their Trajectories of Internalizing and Externalizing Problems from Childhood to Early Adolescence. Is there a Link?
Michela Erriu1, Silvia Cimino1 and Luca Cerniglia2*
1Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, University of Rome, Sapienza, Rome, Italy
2Faculty of Psychology, International Telematic University Uninettuno, Rome, Italy
*Corresponding Author: Luca Cerniglia, Faculty of Psychology, International Telematic University Uninettuno, Rome, Italy.
Received: April 09, 2020; Published: May 12, 2020




A growing research literature has increased interest in early problematic trajectories. Researchers have sought to trace individual-level trajectories of externalizing and internalizing symptoms from early childhood, since the past decade to recent years. Such approach derives from evidence that severe behavioral and emotional disorders in pre-schools frequently pave the way for psychopathology in middle childhood and beyond. Early emotional and behavioral issues were observed in literature contributing to antisocial and depressive psychopathological disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Identifying children at risk for severe and persistent internalizing and externalizing problems in their early development (including risks due to body mass index variations) is therefore of great importance. This mini-review aims to summarize the state of the art of this topic, to inform researchers and clinicians.

Keywords: Body Mass Index; Underweight Children; Trajectories

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Citation: Luca Cerniglia., et al. “Body Mass Index in Underweight Children and their Trajectories of Internalizing and Externalizing Problems from Childhood to Early Adolescence. Is there a Link?”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.6 (2020): 46-50.

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