Psychosocial health and health-related quality of life in school pupils 11-18 years

William Lauder, Catherine Burton, C. Michelle Roxburgh, Markus Themessl-Huber, Michelle O'Neill, Abdulrazak Abubakari

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    Aim. To establish levels of mental health at a community level and to model the relationship between mental health difficulty, health-related impact and health related quality of life in school pupils aged 11–18 years old. Background. The issue of psychosocial and mental health in school pupils is a topic of considerable academic and public interest. The incidence of mental health problems in children 11–18 years shows marked differences between countries and within countries. Much of the epidemiological literature has focused on diagnostic categories rather than population health. Design. The study employed a cross-sectional survey. Methods. A cross-sectional survey of 1786 school children aged 11–18 years was conducted in Scotland. Participants completed the strengths and difficulties questionnaire and the SF-10 for Children. Results. This group of school pupils had similar levels of mental health needs and psychosocial health status as UK and age-related US norms. They had poorer levels of physical health status. The most important predictors of psychosocial health status were difficulty category, impact, physical health status and chronicity. The most important predictors of impact were difficulty category, chronicity and psychosocial health status. Conclusion. There is a need to tackle psychosocial health problems in schools. Problems are often chronic in nature and whilst still having an impact on the life of pupils may not be severe enough for a diagnosis which would trigger treatment in the conventional sense. Psychosocial health is predicted by physical health therefore nursing interventions which are focussed on both physical and psychosocial health may be needed
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1821-1829
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
    Issue number13-14
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Mental health problems
    • School nursing
    • Children
    • Young people


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