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The OPCS/ONS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain aim to provide up-to-date information about the prevalence of psychiatric problems among people in Great Britain, as well as their associated social disabilities and use of services. The series started in 1993. The primary purpose of the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Great Britain, 1999 survey was to produce prevalence rates of three main categories of mental disorder: conduct disorder; hyperactivity; emotional disorders (and their co morbidity).

Main Topics/Subject Category
Mental health, housing, general health, strengths and difficulties, friendship, development, separation anxiety, social and specific phobias, panic attacks and agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, compulsions and obsessions, generalised anxiety, depression, self-harm, attention and activity, awkward and troublesome behaviours, eating disorders, tics, personality issues, stress and life events, school exclusions. Some data were gathered by self-completion, for example drink and drug use (from child/young person) and parent's/parents' education, employment, income, strengths and difficulties (parent).
Great Britain, anxiety disorders, mental disorders, mental health
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1999, 2004
Unit of Analysis

1999: Children aged 5-15 in Great Britain (including the Scottish Highlands) during 1999. sample size 10, 438 children. 2004: Children and young persons aged 11-15/16 years, living in Great Britain during 2004, and their parents and teachers. Sample size Target: 12,294. Obtained: 7,977

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
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