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.


1. Measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) https://sdqinfo.org. The terminology used to describe SDQ scores (normal, borderline, abnormal) is borrowed from the original questionnaire, designed by Robert Goodman. 

2. Measured by the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS): http://www.healthscotland.scot/tools-and-resources/wemwb-scale-and-mental-health-indicators/wemwbs

3. Psychological health complaints included feeling low, irritability, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and feeling dizzy.

4. Note that new research has been published since this review was undertaken: see Addendum.


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