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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Keywords

Adolescent, Anxiety Disorders, Child, Child Behavior Disorders, Comorbidity, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Humans, Ireland, Male, Mental Disorders, Mood Disorders, Prevalence, Self-Injurious Behavior, Social Class, Suicidal Ideation

Funder/Sponsor

Health Research Board (HRB)

Comments

The original article is available from Elsevier at http://www.sciencedirect.com (this is repository article http://epubs.rcsi.ie/psychart/23)

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study investigated the prevalence of DSM-IV Axis 1 mental disorders, deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation in a sample of Irish adolescents aged 11-13 years.

METHODS: A total of 1131 students was surveyed for general psychopathology using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Following this, a representative sample of 212 adolescents was assessed for mental disorders, deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Aged Children.

RESULTS: 14.6% of the sample met criteria for a borderline score and 6.9% for an abnormal score on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Following clinical diagnostic interviews, 27.4% of participants received a current diagnosis of an Axis 1 disorder and 36.8% received a lifetime diagnosis, those rates falling to 15.4% and 31.2% respectively when specific phobias were excluded.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study reveal that Irish adolescents aged 11-13 years are experiencing high levels of mental ill-health.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology

Citation

Coughlan H, Tiedt L, Clarke M, Kelleher I, Tabish J, Molloy C, Harley M, Cannon M. Prevalence of DSM-IV mental disorders, deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation in early adolescence: an Irish population-based study. Journal of Adolescence. 2014; 37(1):1-9

PubMed ID

24331299

DOI Link

doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.10.004

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