The prevalence of nocturnal enuresis: do DSM III criteria need to be changed? A brief research report

F. C. Verhulst, J. H. van der Lee, G. W. Akkerhuis, J. A. Sanders-Woudstra, F. C. Timmer, I. D. Donkhorst

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In this study the prevalence of nocturnal enuresis defined according to the DSM III criteria was determined in a random sample of 2070 children aged from 4 to 16 years. Nocturnal enuresis declines in prevalence with age and is more frequent in boys than in girls. Moreover, the decline in prevalence with age was found to take place earlier in girls than in boys. It is therefore argued that the DSM III age limit for enuresis should be raised to 8 years for boys
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-993
JournalJournal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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