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Childhood mental disorders in Great Britain: an epidemiological perspective

Author:
MELTZER Howard
Journal article citation:
Child Care in Practice, 13(4), October 2007, pp.313-326.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

The objective of this article is to describe the prevalence of childhood disorders and examine the factors associated with higher rates of disorder by combining the data from two large population-based samples of British children and young people aged 5-15. Just over 18,000 children were assessed in 1999 and 2004 using the Development and Well-Being Assessment, a structured interview with verbatim reports reviewed by clinicians so that information from parents, teachers and children is combined to produce national estimates of clinically recognisable disorders. The overall prevalence of childhood disorders was 9.5%. Factors which are independently associated with increased rates of childhood mental disorders ranged from characteristics of the child (age, sex, physical health problems, having poor scholastic achievement) to family characteristics (family structure, mother's psychological distress, poor family functioning) and household characteristics (tenure, type of accommodation and the working status of family). In conclusion, roughly one in 10 children have at least one ICD10 disorder, involving a significant level of distress or social impairment. Associations with child, family and household characteristics have implications for treatment strategies.

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Psychiatric morbidity among young offenders in England and Wales

Authors:
LADER Deborah, SINGLETON Nicola, MELTZER Howard
Publisher:
Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
94p.
Place of publication:
London

This report presents information on the mental health of young offenders from a survey of psychiatric morbidity among prisoners aged 16-64 in England an Wales. The survey was carried out between September and December 1997. It was commissioned by the Department of Health. The report brings together the data on prevalence of mental disorders among young offenders from the main report of the survey together with the results of additional analysis of service use, risk factors and social functioning which were previously only available for the prison population as a whole.

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The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among adults living in institutions

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al, GREAT BRITAIN. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
110p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

Report presenting the findings of a survey of the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among adults living in residential care. Shows variations in prevalence between different types of institution, including hospitals, residential care homes and alternative types of residential accommodation.

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The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among adults living in private households

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al, GREAT BRITAIN. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
186p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

Survey of psychiatric morbidity in Great Britain. Looks at: prevalence; social disabilities associated with mental health problems; use of services; the effects of recent stressful life events; and lifestyle indicators (including drug and alcohol misuse). Surveys people aged from 16-64.

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Physical complaints, service use and treatment of residents with psychiatric disorders

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al, GREAT BRITAIN. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
72p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

Report presenting statistics on people with mental health problems living in hospitals, residential care homes and other types of residential care and focusing on: the relationship between physical health and mental health of residents; medication and other forms of treatment received by residents; and use of services received by residents.

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The mental health of young people looked after by local authorities in Wales: the report of a survey in 2002/2003 by the Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Welsh Assemby Government

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al
Publisher:
Office for National Statistics,|Stationery Office
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
164p.
Place of publication:
London

This report presents the findings of a survey of the mental health of young people, aged 5-17, looked after by local authorities in Wales. The first part of the report focuses on the prevalence rates of mental disorders among young people looked after by local authorities. The second part shows a range of information including their background, personal and familial characteristics, physical health, use of services and social functioning.

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Children and adolescents who try to harm, hurt or kill themselves: a report of further analysis from the national survey of mental health of children and adolescents in Greta Britain in 1999

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al
Publisher:
Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
70p.
Place of publication:
Newport

The main aim of this report is to present prevalence rates of self-harm among children and adolescents aged 5-15 in England, Scotland and Wales during the first half of 1999. The way the questions were phrased means that it is difficult to distinguish between self-harm with the intention of committing suicide and self-harm without that intention, i.e. self-mutilation. Therefore, most of the analysis in this report is presented by source and covers any attempt by children to harm, hurt or kill themselves. Information was collected on 83% of the 12,529 children eligible for interview from up to three sources resulting in at least some data for 10,438 children and adolescents aged 5-15 in Great Britain. According to parents, approximately 1.3% of 5-10 year olds had ever tried to harm, hurt or kill themselves. The lowest rate, 0.4% was found among 5-7 year old girls rising to 2.1% of 8-10 year old boys.The rate of self harm among the sample of young children with no mental disorder was 0.8%. The rate increased dramatically to 6.2% of children diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder and 7.5% of those who had a conduct disorder, hyperkinetic disorder or a less common mental disorder.

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Non-fatal suicidal behaviour among adults aged 16 to 74 in Great Britain

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al
Publisher:
Stationery Office/Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
90p.
Place of publication:
Norwich

This report describes the prevalence (past week, past year and lifetime) of suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempts and deliberate self-harm by socio-demographic, socio-economic, psychiatric and social functioning characteristics of the survey respondents. The report also shows the distribution of the characteristics by whether or had respondents exhibited non-fatal suicidal behaviour in their lifetime.

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Economic activity and social functioning of residents with psychiatric disorders

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al, GREAT BRITAIN. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
83p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

Report of a survey looking at psychiatric morbidity amongst people with mental health problems who are in residential care, including: hospitals, nursing homes, residential care homes and other types of residential accommodation. Presents data on residents with: schizophrenia; delusional or schizoaffective disorders; affective psychoses; neurotic disorders in respect of their economic activity; difficulty with activities of daily living; social functioning; and use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

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The mental health of young people looked after by local authorities in England

Authors:
MELTZER Howard, et al
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
246p.
Place of publication:
London

This report presents the findings of a survey of the mental health of children and adolescents, aged five to 17, looked after by local authorities in England and  It was commissioned by the Department of Health. The first part of the report focuses on the prevalence rates of mental disorders among young people looked after by local authorities. The second part shows the way in which children and adolescents with particular disorders vary from those without mental disorders on a range of factors including their background, personal and familial characteristics, physical health, use of services and social functioning.

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