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
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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.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology
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
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