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Share via Email The mental health of teenagers has sharply declined in the last 25 years and the chances that year-olds will have behavioural problems such as lying, stealing and being disobedient, have more than doubled.
Boys are more likely to exhibit behavioural problems and girls are more likely to suffer emotional problems.
The rate is higher for emotional problems, now running at one in five of year-old girls. The study found no increase in aggressive behaviour, such as fighting and bullying, and no increase in rates of hyperactivity.
The study looked at three generations of year-olds, inand Behavioural problems increased over the whole period, while emotional problems were stable until and have subsequently shot up. The increases cannot be explained by the rise in divorce and single parenthood, argues the team of researchers, because they found comparable increases in all types of families, although there is a higher rate of adolescent mental health problems in single-parent families.
Nor can growing inequality over the 25 years explain the rise in problem teenagers because rates of increase were comparable in all social classes. There was no difference between white and ethnic minority teenagers.
The research found that the rising rate of year-olds with behavioural problems correlated to their increased chances of experiencing a range of poor outcomes as adults, such as homelessness, being sacked, dependency on benefits and poor mental and physical health.
This indicated that the rise in problems cannot be attributed to a greater likelihood to report them. The deterioration of adolescents' mental health in Britain is in contrast to the findings of research in the US which showed that a comparable decline tailed off in the 90s, while in Holland, there was no decline at all.
The study, Time Trends in Adolescent Mental Health, to be published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in November, is the first to provide evidence in support of the increasing concern from parents and teachers about the welfare of teenagers.
The research conducted by a team from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and the University of Manchester, provides specific evidence for Britain which is in line with the World Health Organisation's warning last year that the fastest-growing mental health problem in the world, and particularly in the developed world, was among adolescents.
It is not a small tail pulling down the average but a more widespread malaise. The findings are likely to fuel debates about how we are raising our children and whether they reflect parenting in early years or are linked to Britain's secondary education system with its emphasis on academic achievement, and poor record of out of school activities.
A recent survey showed that discipline in secondary schools comes ahead of funding as parents' greatest concern.
Next month, the Tomlinson report into year-old education and training - commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills - is due to be published; a green paper on youth services is also expected this autumn.
The study did not look into possible causes, which are to be the subject of further research. Also subject to further research is whether there has been a comparable rise in emotional and behavioural disorders among younger age groups or whether this is a specific problem in adolescence.Is the misinformation problem worse today than in the past?
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