Adolescents' Mental Health in Abha City, Southwestern Saudi Arabia

Mahfouz, Ahmed A. and Al-Gelban, Khalid S. and Al Amri, Hasan and Khan, Mohamed Y. and Abdelmoneim, Ismail and Daffalla, Asim A. and Shaban, Hosny and Mohammed, Amany A. (2009) Adolescents' Mental Health in Abha City, Southwestern Saudi Arabia. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 39 (2). pp. 169-177. ISSN 0091-2174

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Using stratified random sampling technique, 1552 adolescent school age boys and girls in Abha city, southwestern Saudi Arabia, were screened for mental health using Arabic validated version of SCL-90-R. The overall prevalence of mental disorders amounted to 15.5%. The most frequent mental symptoms were phobic anxiety (17.3%), interpersonal sensitivity (14.7%), and obsessive compulsive (14.5%). In logistic regression analysis, some sociodemographic conditions (father education, mother working status, ranking among brothers and sisters, and type of school) were significantly affecting mental health. General practitioners and other primary care workers need to be educated to better engage young people, to recognize mental disorders, and to deliver simple treatments, including supportive counseling, and cognitive behavior therapy. There is a need for a national program in the country to integrate youth mental-health interventions with all existing youth programs, including those in health and education.

Item Type|تصنيف النتاج العلمي: Article| منشور علمي
Subjects | مجال موضوع النشر: Medicine and Surgery
Divisions | الكلية: College of Medicine > Family and Community Medicine
Depositing User: Prof Ahmed Mahfouz
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 21:33
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2018 21:33

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