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
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0348991
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 27/11/1998.