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Brief report: a comparison of child mental health inequalities in three UK population cohorts

Collishaw, Stephan ORCID:, Furzer, Emma, Thapar, Ajay K. ORCID: and Sellers, Ruth 2019. Brief report: a comparison of child mental health inequalities in three UK population cohorts. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 28 (11) , pp. 1547-1549. 10.1007/s00787-019-01305-9

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There are substantial health disparities between children from low and higher income families. The study aimed to test changes in child mental health inequalities across three large UK population cohorts of 11-year-old children assessed in 1999, 2004 and 2012 as part of the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Surveys and Millennium Cohort Study. Child mental health was assessed using parent and teacher versions of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. There were substantial differences in parent and teacher reported symptom scores between children from low and higher income families in each cohort. Differences in parent-reported symptoms increased over time (ES 0.35 [95% CI 0.20, 0.49] in 1999, ES 0.39 [95% CI 0.17, 0.61] in 2004, ES 0.54 [95% CI 0.49, 0.58] in 2012); cohort interaction: p = 0.01). This study found that marked child mental health inequalities exist. The mental health gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children has not reduced over the last 20 years and may be getting worse.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1018-8827
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 January 2019
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 01:27

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