ผู้วิจัย/Authors: Nisan Sam-angsri
ชื่อเรื่อง/Title: A study of the mental health of high school students in Songkhla
แหล่งที่มา/Source: The 1st Asia Pacific Regional Conference of The International Association for Suicide Prevention (AISP), 6-8 October 2004, The Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok Thailand, Page 34.
รายละเอียด / Details:
Objective: A cohort of high school students has been studied since 2002. The study aimed to identify risk factors and the natural course of mental problems among adolescents in high schools in Southern Thailand. This paper presents the findings of the first two years of the study. Methods: The baseline cohort in 2002 included 1206 randomly selected M1 students (621 boys and 585 girls) of two large public high schools in songkhla. The students were asked to complete a self-reported questionnaire, including the 12-item general health questionnaire (GHQ-12) and questions regarding their perception of home environment every year. In 2003, only 1084 students answered the questionnaire, with over 100 of students having left school. Results: In 2002, 275 students had total GHQ scores of two or more, suggesting a mental health problem. Of these, 113 (41%) remained positive while 135 (49%) had a negative GHQ and 27 (10%) had dropped out from the study. in 2003 there were 112 new GHQ positives cases (10% of all students). Those with repeated GHQ positives were 3 times more likely to have experienced physical abuse and 2 times more likely to have experienced phychological abuse of 6-10 times per yeaar than those with GHQ negatives. Boys tended to have more school absenteeism due to sickness and have seen mental health personnel for consultation about their mental problems than did girls.The common problems resulting from their mental health problems were sleep difficulty, worry and anxiety and depression. Conclusion: These results suggest substantial mental health problems among high school students, whcih should be addressed because youth with mental problems pose a challeng for the school mental health system.
Keywords: psychiatry, cohort, mental health, high school student, adolescence, adolescent, mental health problem
Address: Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand
Country of publication: Thailand.
Category: Abstract Paper.