Objectives To assess prevalence of mental health problems in adolescent school children and measure impact of such problems on their well-being. Method Study group was randomly selected from 14 districts of 7 provinces. Participants completed validated self-assessment questionnaires, which assessed symptoms of mental health problems and their impact on emotional, educational and social functioning. Results 2007 adolescents aged 13-18 years participated in study. 18.9% showed an abnormal range in emotional and behavioural parameters of assessment schedule. 12.6% reported a definite or severe impact of their difficulties. Most impact was felt in educational functioning (15.5%) and peer relationships (12.4%). Males had significantly higher prevalence for mental health problems compared to females. Conclusions Prevalence of mental health problems among adolescents in Sri Lanka is similar to that reported elsewhere in the world. Knowledge gained can be utilized for providing school and community based preventive mental health services.
Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2004; 33: 78-81
How to Cite:
Perera, H., 2009. Mental health of adolescent school children in Sri Lanka – a national survey. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 33(3), pp.78–81. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v33i3.642
Perera, H. “Mental Health of Adolescent School Children in Sri Lanka – a National Survey”. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health 33, no. 3 (2009): 78–81. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v33i3.642
Perera, H. “Mental health of adolescent school children in Sri Lanka – a national survey”. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, vol. 33, no. 3, 2009, pp. 78–81. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v33i3.642