The mental health of pre-school children and their mothers in a mixed urban/rural population. 1: prevalence and ecological factors


Thompson, M.J.J., Stevenson, J., Sonuga-Barke, E., Nott, P., Bhatti, Z., Price, A. and Hodswell, M. (1996) The mental health of pre-school children and their mothers in a mixed urban/rural population. 1: prevalence and ecological factors. British Journal of Psychiatry, 168, (1), 16-20.

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The prevalence rate of behaviour problems and maternal mental disturbance was estimated using a sample of 1047 families with a 3-year-old child from a mixed urban/rural area. METHOD: Parents completed the Child Behaviour Checklist, EAS Temperament Questionnaire, Weiss-Werry-Peters Activity Scale and the GHQ-30. RESULTS: The rate of behaviour problems (13.2%) was similar to that obtained in studies of urban children. The rate of maternal disturbance (27.6%) was lower than in other population samples. Few differences were found in the prevalence rates in the urban and rural areas. CONCLUSIONS: Preschool children and their parents living in non-urban areas had the same rates of problems as those in conurbations. The service needs of such families are similar regardless of locality.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0007-1250 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
ePrint ID: 58817
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:41
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/58817

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