Exploring the reported worsening of mental wellbeing among adolescent girls in Scotland

Findings from a rapid literature review exploring trends in adolescent wellbeing in Scotland and contributing factors.


Since this report was prepared, further evidence and UK advice on screen time has been published, which were not included in this review but are relevant to the topic and warrant further consideration:

Dickson K, Richardson 1, Kwan I, MacDowall W, Burchett H, Stansfield C, Brunton G, Sutcliffe K, Thomas J (2019) Screen-based activities and children and young people’s mental health: A Systematic Map of Reviews, London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (2019) Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health, Fourteenth Report of Session 2017-19

Stiglic N and Viner RM (2019) The effects of screentime on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents: a systematic review of reviews. BMJ Open 2019.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2019) The health impacts of screen time: a guide for clinicians and parents 

United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ commentary on 'Screen-based activities and children and young people’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing: a systematic map of reviews' (2019)

How to access background or source data

The data collected for this social research publication are publically available from the reports referenced

Research by Nicole Walsh (Intern, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science)

Report edited by Greig Inglis and Carol Brown (Scottish Government)


Email: socialresearch@gov.scot

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