Journal article

Emotional disorder and absence from school: findings from the 2004 British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey

Katie Finning, Tamsin Ford, Darren A Moore, Obioha C Ukoumunne

EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Emotional disorder may be associated with absence from school, but the existing evidence is methodologically weak. We studied the relationships between anxiety, depression and emotional difficulties, and school absence (total, authorised and unauthorised) using data from the 2004 British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey (BCAMHS). The BCAMHS was a cross-sectional, community survey of 7977 5- to 16-year-olds. Emotional disorder was assessed using the Development and Wellbeing Assessment (DAWBA), and emotional difficulties using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) completed by teachers and parents. Teachers reported days absent in the previous school term. Multivariable ..

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Awarded by University of Exeter via the Wellcome Trust


Funding Acknowledgements

KF was supported by a PhD studentship funded by the University of Exeter via the Wellcome Trust (104908/Z/14/Z). OCU was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.