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

Collishaw, Stephan, Furzer, Emma, Thapar, Ajay K and Sellers, Ruth (2019) Brief report: a comparison of child mental health inequalities in three UK population cohorts. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. ISSN 1018-8827

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Abstract

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
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 16:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81830

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