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Stenmark, Helena
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Stenmark, H., Bergström, E., Hägglöf, B., Öhman, A. & Petersen, S. (2016). Mental problems and their socio-demographic determinants in young schoolchildren in Sweden, a country with high gender and income equality. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 44(1), 18-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mental problems and their socio-demographic determinants in young schoolchildren in Sweden, a country with high gender and income equality
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2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 18-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS: Mental problems and their potential socio-demographic determinants were investigated in young schoolchildren in Sweden, a high-income country in the top of income- and gender-equality rankings.

METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 1465 schoolchildren in grades 3 and 6. Mental health was measured by the Child Behavior Checklist and the Youth Self Report (Total problems and 14 specific problem areas). Potential socio-demographic determinants were sex, parental education and occupation, family structure, and immigrant status.

RESULTS: Mental problems were present in 14% of the sixth graders and in 7% of the third graders. In grade 3, the mean total problem score was lower in girls than in boys, but the prevalence of problems at a subclinical/clinical level did not differ by sex. Furthermore, in nine to 13 of the 14 specific problem areas, problems were equally distributed by sex, parental education, parental occupation, immigrant status, and family structure. In grade 6, both the total mean score and the overall odds of subclinical/clinical problems were similar in girls and boys. Likewise, in all the specific problem areas, problems were evenly distributed by parental education and occupation, and only independently associated with immigrant status and family structure in one problem area. In five specific problem areas, boys had higher odds of problems than girls.

CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that also in a relatively wealthy and equal country such as Sweden, mental problems are a significant child public health issue. The association between socio-demographic background and mental problems seems to be rather weak, but differ dependent on the type of mental problem in focus.

Keywords
adolescent, anxiety, aggression, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, child, conduct disorder, depression, mental disorders, prevalence, socio-demographic factors
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110310 (URN)10.1177/1403494815603544 (DOI)000369969000005 ()26392422 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2015-10-20 Created: 2015-10-20 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Waenerlund, A.-K., Stenmark, H., Bergström, E., Hägglöf, B., Öhman, A. & Petersen, S. (2016). School experiences may be important determinants of mental health problems in middle childhood: a Swedish longitudinal population-based study. Acta Paediatrica, 105(4), 407-415
Open this publication in new window or tab >>School experiences may be important determinants of mental health problems in middle childhood: a Swedish longitudinal population-based study
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2016 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 105, no 4, p. 407-415Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AimLittle is known about the association between school experiences and mental health in young schoolchildren. This study explored the cross-sectional and prospective associations between children's school experiences and mental health in middle childhood. MethodsWe gathered comprehensive population-based data on the school experiences and mental health of 592 schoolchildren attending grades three and six in Sweden (ages approximately nine and 12 years). The KIDSCREEN questionnaire was used to measure school experiences in both age groups while the Child Behavior Checklist and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire measured mental health in grades three and six, respectively. ResultsChildren with problematic school experiences in grade three had an approximately two times higher odds for concurrent total, internalised, externalised, attention-hyperactivity and social problems. They also had a 1.5-2.5 higher odds for these mental health problems three years later. Likewise, there was an association between problematic school experiences in grade three and lower levels of prosocial behaviour three years later. These associations were shown in both boys and girls, but were particularly pronounced in girls. ConclusionThis study indicated that school experiences in young schoolchildren may be important determinants of concurrent and later mental health problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2016
Keywords
Child, Longitudinal studies, Mental health, Psychosocial factors, Schools
National Category
Psychiatry Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Pediatrics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119061 (URN)10.1111/apa.13326 (DOI)000371892200022 ()26742093 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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