Thompson, M.J.J., Stevenson, J., Sonuga-Barke, E., Nott, P., Bhatti, Z., Price, A. and Hodswell, M.
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), .
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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.
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