Vol - 29, Issue - 04
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-25-03-2022-1345
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Abstract : This study was conducted to determine the mental health profile of the adolescents who were below 18 years to 12 years of age, who have parents with mental health problems. The profile was based on the parents’ perception of their children or adolescents using Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) rating scales. Fifty adolescents, 26 males and 24 females were studied. The mean age for the males was 15.2 ± 2.96 years and that of the females was 15.1 ± 1.78 years. There was no significant difference with regards to the age between the males and females at p < .05. Sixteen adolescents or 32% had fathers diagnosed with mental illness, 60% of the adolescents (N=30) had mothers with diagnosed mental illness while 8% or 4 adolescents had both parents diagnosed with mental illness. Male adolescents of parents diagnosed with mental illness showed higher scores on the SDQ main domains (ES, CS and HS) except PRS compared to their female peers. There was significant difference in hyperactivity scores (HS) and EXT between male and female at p< .05. Using the recommended Brunei cut off score of > 17 to indicate abnormal SDQ score for TDS, there were 8 adolescents (16%) in this study who had abnormal scores and might potentially have emotional and behavioural problems. There were more adolescents of mentally ill parents with abnormal SDQ scores than the scores of school going adolescents. These findings gave us insights regarding the impact of parental mental illness on adolescent’s mental health.

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