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Recent trends in UK child and adolescent mental health

Maughan, Barbara, Collishaw, Stephan, Meltzer, Howard and Goodman, Robert 2008. Recent trends in UK child and adolescent mental health. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 43 (4) , pp. 305-310. 10.1007/s00127-008-0310-8

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Background Past studies have documented rising levels of conduct problems among UK adolescents in the last quarter of the twentieth century, and increased rates of emotional difficulties between the 1980s and 1990s. Method We used parent, teacher and youth ratings from two large scale, nationally representative studies of 5–15 year-old carried out in 1999 and 2004 to assess whether these increases continued into the early years of the new millennium. Results Ratings on most “problem” sub-scales remained stable or showed small declines over this period, and parent and teacher reports suggested small increases in levels of prosocial behaviours. Conclusions The upward trends in rates of UK child adjustment problems noted since the 1970s and 1980s may have plateaued, and possibly begun to be reversed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: child mental health; time trends; epidemiology; strengths and difficulties questionnaire
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0933-7954
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:34

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