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Mental health and wellbeing among adolescents in Scotland: profile and trends

Mental health and wellbeing among adolescents in Scotland: profile and trends

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ISBN: 9781785447822

Mental Health and Wellbeing among Adolescents in Scotland looks at trends and key associations for the mental health of boys and girls aged 13 and 15. The report found that friendships and a positive experience of school are the two things most closely aligned with mental wellbeing. Other factors include playing sport at least once a week, belonging to a club, expecting to go to university and reading books. Deprivation and poorer physical health both correlate with lower mental wellbeing.

Executive Summary

Mental Health and Wellbeing among Adolescents in Scotland looks at trends and key associations for the mental health of boys and girls aged 13 and 15. Overall, levels of mental wellbeing have remained largely stable since 2006. Conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention and pro-social behaviour have improved since 2006. Emotional and peer relationship problems have worsened, which is largely attributable to an increase in the numbers of 15-year-old girls reporting emotional problems.

Relationships with friends and experiences of school are the two most significant factors affecting mental wellbeing in teenagers. The report found that friendships and a positive experience of school are the two things most closely aligned with mental wellbeing. Other factors with a close positive association include playing sport at least once a week, belonging to a club, expecting to go to university and reading books.

Higher levels of deprivation and poorer physical health both correlate with lower levels of mental wellbeing.