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

DescriptionMental 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.
ISBN9781785447822
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 03, 2015

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Carolyn Black and Chris Martin
Ipsos MORI Scotland

ISBN 978 1 78544 782 2 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 59152

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Erratum

An erratum was published on 16/06/2017 at Figure 2.9 on pdf page 16. The mean WEMWBS score for 13 year old girls in 2013 was 50.2 – the correct figure is 48.7.

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect these changes.

Contents

Executive Summary
Introduction and background
Changes in mental health and wellbeing over time
Profile of mental health and wellbeing in 2013
Predictors of mental health and wellbeing

1 Background and methodology
Policy background
Survey background and purpose
Methodology
Mental health and wellbeing indicators

2 Changes in mental health and wellbeing over time
Wider context of mental health trends among adolescents
Overall mental health and wellbeing trends
Trends in individual SDQ scales
Emotional problems
Conduct problems
Hyperactivity
Peer problems
Pro-social score
WEMWBS
Comparisons with other mental health and wellbeing indicators

3 Profile of mental health and wellbeing in 2013
Geography
Family
Friends
School
Leisure activities

4 Equalities and mental health and wellbeing in 2013
Equalities variables by mental health and wellbeing

5 Predictors of mental health and wellbeing
Key drivers of mental health and wellbeing among girls
Key drivers of mental health and wellbeing among boys

6 Conclusions

7 References

Appendix A: Trends in mental health and wellbeing - bases

Appendix B: Trend data for individual SDQ scales

Appendix C: Local Authority trend data

Appendix D: Chapter 3 bases

Appendix E: Leisure activities figures

Appendix F: Regression