Child psychiatric disorder and relative age within school year: cross sectional survey of large population sample.

R Goodman, J Gledhill, T Ford

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Abstract

Objective To test the hypothesis that younger children in, a school year are at greater risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Design Cross sectional survey. Setting Community sample from England, Scotland, and Wales. Participants 10438 British 5-15 year olds. Main outcome measures Total symptom scores on psychopathology questionnaires completed by parents, teachers, and 11-15 year olds; psychiatric diagnoses based on a clinical review of detailed interview data. Results Younger children in a school year were significantly more likely to have higher symptom scores and psychiatric disorder. The adjusted regression coefficients for relative age were 0.51 (95% confidence interval 0.36 to 0.65, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472 - 475
Number of pages4
JournalBMJ, British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.)
Volume327
Issue number7413
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2003

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