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Prevalence of psychiatric disorder: with and without psychosocial impairment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul McArdle


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Objective To identify rates of psychiatric disorder in a representative sample of primary school children in a North of England city. Method The study obtained multi-criterion screen data on a representative one-in-three sample of 7- and 8-year-old children in Newcastle upon Tyne. It also obtained psychiatric interview data for screen-positive and a proportion of screen negative children. In addition the clinically trained interviewers rated psychiatric impairment. Results Estimated rates of disorder with impairment, calibrated to be equivalent to that of children attending local child psychiatric clinics, were 1.2% for emotional disorder, 5.6% for disruptive behaviour disorder and 6.7% for any disorder. Conclusion These findings are consistent with other contemporary studies using similar impairment criteria.

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Author(s): McArdle P, Prosser J, Kolvin I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Year: 2004

Volume: 13

Issue: 6

Pages: 347-353

ISSN (print): 1018-8827

ISSN (electronic): 1435-165X

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00787-004-0367-1


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