Year: 2004 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.38, no.9, (2004), p.732-737 SIEC No: 20070367

This study aimed to examine changes in prevalence of psychological disturbance over time in adolescents referred for treatment. Data on the type & severity of emotional & behavioural problems was measured in 4495 clinic-referred adolescents. After taking into account the confounding effects of age & gender, there were significant increases in reports of self-harm & suicide ideation (5% & 4% increase in odds per year, respectively) according to parents. There were no changes in ratings of self-harm, suicide ideation or anxiety/depression when adolescent reports were considered. The mean age at the time of referral decreased with increasing year of birth, from 14.6 years in those born in 1966-1971 to 13.1 years in those born in 1981-1986. (30 refs.)