Journal article

Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children

Sharon Goldfeld, Amanda Kvalsvig, Emily Incledon, Meredith O'Connor, Fiona Mensah

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: The child mental health epidemiology literature focuses almost exclusively on reporting the prevalence and predictors of child mental disorders. However, there is growing recognition of positive mental health or mental health competence as an independent outcome that cannot be inferred from the absence of problems, and requires epidemiological investigation in its own right. METHODS: We developed a novel measure of child mental health competence within the framework of the Australian Early Development Index, a three-yearly national census of early child development. Predictors of this outcome were investigated by linking these census data at individual level to detailed backgroun..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The Australian Government and State and Territory Governments are working in partnership with The Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health in Melbourne, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, to deliver the AEDI. This article uses a confidentialised unit record file from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), initiated and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. Dr Mensah was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship 1037449.