Response perseveration and conduct and anxiety symptoms in clinic-referred children

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Committee Member

Donald K. Routh, Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Herbert C. Quay, Committee Member


Conduct and anxiety symptoms were measured via structured diagnostic interview and parent behavior ratings among a group of children (N = 59) ranging in age from 6 through 17 years, referred to a university psychology clinic. Symptoms were used to predict subjects' performance on a computerized response perseveration task (Daugherty & Quay, 1989). Predictions pertaining to the relationships among conduct and anxiety symptoms and task performance were based upon Quay's (1987, 1988, 1993) hypotheses, which were derived from Gray's (1987) theory of brain function. As predicted, anxiety symptoms measured via structured interview were negatively associated with response perseveration for reward. Also as predicted, conduct symptoms measured via behavior ratings were positively associated with response perseveration for reward. In addition, results of exploratory analyses were consistent with Quay's hypotheses. Age of subjects emerged as a notable confounding factor.


Psychology, Clinical

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