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Trends in parent- and teacher-rated mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in Great Britain: 1999-2012

Gutman, LM; Joshi, H; Parsonage, M; Schoon, I; (2016) Trends in parent- and teacher-rated mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in Great Britain: 1999-2012. Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 23 (1) pp. 26-33. 10.1111/camh.12179. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous evidence indicates that mental health problems are becoming more common for adolescents. Less is known about whether these trends have continued and there has been no study to date which has specifically focused on early adolescents over a sufficiently long period. This study examines changes in parent- and teacher-reported mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in 1999, 2004 and 2012 in Great Britain. METHODS: Parent and teacher ratings of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire were used to compare the prevalence of conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, emotional problems, peer problems and total difficulties among 10- and 11-year-olds in three nationally representative British samples assessed in 1999 (n = 1904), 2004 (n = 1348) and 2012 (n = 11,397). RESULTS: Teacher reports showed improving trends for boys' and girls' mental health from 1999 to 2012, particularly for externalizing behaviours (i.e. conduct problems and hyperactivity/inattention). Parent reports, on the other hand, identified only one area of sustained improvement between 1999 and 2012, namely hyperactivity/inattention among boys. Although parent reports of girls' mental health indicate improving trends from 1999 to 2004, they also suggest worsening mental health from 2004. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that perceptions of emotional and behavioural problems vary by the gender of the adolescent, the context in which they are observed or by whom they are reported.

Type: Article
Title: Trends in parent- and teacher-rated mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in Great Britain: 1999-2012
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/camh.12179
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/camh.12179
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gutman, LM; Joshi, H; Parsonage, M; Schoon, I; (2016) Trends in parent- and teacher-rated mental health problems among 10- and 11-year-olds in Great Britain: 1999-2012. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (In Press), which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/camh.12179. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Keywords: Adolescence; mental health trends; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire; parent and teacher reports; conduct problems; hyperactivity/inattention; emotional problems; peer problems.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514560
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