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Self-reported depression and anxiety symptoms in school-aged Singaporean children

Magiati, Iliana and Ponniah, Kathryn and Ooi, Yoon Phaik and Chan, Yiong Huak and Fung, Daniel and Woo, Bernardine. (2015) Self-reported depression and anxiety symptoms in school-aged Singaporean children. Asia-Pacific psychiatry : official journal of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, 7 (1). pp. 91-104.

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Abstract

Few studies have examined anxiety and depression experiences of primary (middle) school-aged children from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and most have relied on parents or others as informants. The present study aimed to investigate self-reported anxiety and depression symptoms in Singaporean primary school-aged children. Age, gender, and ethnic differences and interactions were explored as well as similarities and differences between Singaporean children and US norms.; A large representative community sample of 1655 8- to 12-year-old Singaporean children (Chinese, Malay, and Indian) completed the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) and the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) as part of a larger epidemiological study of mental health in Singaporean children.; Rates of clinically elevated symptoms of anxiety and depression were 9.3% and 16.9% on the MASC and the CDI, respectively. Separation and social anxieties were most common. Evidence of a gender difference in levels of emotional symptoms was most evident in Indian children, with girls reporting more symptoms than boys. The relationship between age and internalizing problems was weak.; A substantial minority of primary school-aged Singaporean children reported elevated anxious and depressive symptoms. Better understanding of the factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these problems can help the development of culture-specific interventions and facilitate the planning of community-tailored services and initiatives.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
UniBasel Contributors:Ooi, Yoon Phaik
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1758-5872
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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