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  1. Psychological distress and suicidal ideation among 15-24-year-olds presenting to general practice : a pilot study.

    Article - En anglais


    The study sought to determine : (i) the prevalence rates of psychological distress and suicidal ideation among 15-24-year-old patients presenting to general practice ; and (ii) the relationship between patients'presenting complaints and their levels of psychological distress and suicidal ideation.


    This was a pilot study designed to sample patients aged 15-24 years presenting consecutively to general practitioners during a 4-week period.

    The study was set among five general practices in the western suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.

    Participants included five general practitioners and 69 patients aged 15-24 years.

    Main outcome measures were the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and the Depressive Symptom Inventory-Suicidality Subscale (DSI-SS).


    One-third of patients scored above the cut-off of the GHQ-12,31.9% above the cut-off of the CES-D and 20.3% above the cut-off of the DSI-SS.

    The majority of patients (87.5%) presented with medical complaints.

    Of these, 26.8%, 23.2% and 21.4% scored above the cut-offs of the GHQ-12, CES-D and DSI-SS, respectively.

    Patients presenting with psychological complaints (12.5%) were significantly more likely to score above the cut-off of the CES-D.


    In this pilot study, patients aged 15-24 presenting to five general practices had relatively high levels of psychological distress and suicidal ideation. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Idée suicide, Etat dépressif, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Adolescent, Homme, Adulte jeune, Trouble humeur

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide ideation, Depression, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Mental health, Adolescent, Human, Young adult, Mood disorder

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0348991

    Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 27/11/1998.