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An investigation of changes in children′s mental health in Wales between 2007/2008 and 2012/2013

Langley, Kate ORCID:, Collishaw, Stephan ORCID:, Williams, Matthew ORCID: and Shelton, Katherine H. ORCID: 2017. An investigation of changes in children′s mental health in Wales between 2007/2008 and 2012/2013. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 52 , pp. 639-642. 10.1007/s00127-017-1378-9

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Improving children’s mental well-being is a recognised public health priority, but evidence on recent trends is lacking. This study updates evidence on differences in child mental health since 2008 by comparing two nationally representative cohorts in Wales, UK. Parents of 4-12 year old children completed the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). No significant differences were seen for younger girls between 2007/2008 and 2012/2013. There was a decrease in conduct, hyperactivity and total difficulties symptom scores and an increase in prosocial scores for boys’ and older girls. These findings suggest that rates of child mental health problems are stable or falling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, mental health, SDQ, survey.
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0933-7954
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 26 March 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:55

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