Year: 1982 Source: African Journal of Medicine and Medical Science, v.11, no.3, (1982), p.95-103 SIEC No: 19871025

A study was carried out in a rural area of Senegal to ascertain the pattern of mental disorders among patients presenting at primary health facilities. Among 933 adults, it was found that 16% reported more than seven symptoms commonly associated with psychiatric illness on a 24-item self-reporting questionnaire. The study supports the view that psychological symptoms and mental disorders occur relatively frequently among adults and children attending primary health facilities.