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Epidemiological Study of Youth Mental Health Using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

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S Arman 1 , * , M Keypour 2 , MR Maracy 2 , A Attari 2

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, arman@med.mui.ac.ir, Iran

2 Behavioral Science Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

How to Cite: Arman S, Keypour M, Maracy M, Attari A. Epidemiological Study of Youth Mental Health Using Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 14(6):371-375.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (6); 371-375
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: October 10, 2011
Accepted: January 10, 2012

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Abstract

Background: Prevention and treatment of youths` mental disorders are important, not just for to diminish their present problems but to improve their functions in adulthood. This study was performed to evaluate the mental health status of 6-18 years old youths in a community-based sample using the strength and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ).

 

Methods: Parent of 2000 youths (6-18 years old) were selected from 250 clusters from different municipality areas of Isfahan, Iran and they responded to extended version of SDQ parent`s form. The mean score in each subscale and prevalence of symptom and relation with some demographic features were determined.

 

Results: The total score of SDQ was 26%, means that 26% of youth had psychiatric problems. By determining the subscale score, it reveals that conduct disorder (34.7%) was the most common problem in youth followed by peer relationship problems (25.4%), emotional problems (24.5%), hyperactivity (23%) and impairment of prosocial behavior (5.7%).

 

Conclusion: Our findings showed that mental health of youth population in Isfahan especially the conduct problem needs more attention.

Keywords

Youth Strength and difficulties Questionnaire SDQ Mental health Relational problem Conduct problem

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