Mental disorders into adulthood among adolescents placed in residential care: A prospective 10-year follow-up study

Seker, Süheyla and Boonmann, Cyril and d'Huart, Delfine and Bürgin, David and Schmeck, Klaus and Jenkel, Nils and Steppan, Martin and Grob, Alexander and Forsman, Hilma and Fegert, Jörg M. and Schmid, Marc. (2022) Mental disorders into adulthood among adolescents placed in residential care: A prospective 10-year follow-up study. European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists, 65 (1). e40.

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Child welfare and juvenile justice placed youths show high levels of psychosocial burden and high rates of mental disorders. It remains unclear how mental disorders develop into adulthood in these populations. The aim was to present the rates of mental disorders in adolescence and adulthood in child welfare and juvenile justice samples and to examine their mental health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood.; Seventy adolescents in shared residential care, placed by child welfare ( n = 52, mean age = 15 years) or juvenile justice ( n = 18, mean age = 17 years) authorities, were followed up into adulthood (child welfare: mean age = 25 years; juvenile justice: mean age = 27 years). Mental disorders were assessed based on the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision diagnoses at baseline and at follow-up. Epidemiological information on mental disorders was presented for each group. Bivariate correlations and structural equation modeling for the relationship of mental disorders were performed.; In the total sample, prevalence rates of 73% and 86% for any mental disorder were found in adolescence (child welfare: 70%; juvenile justice: 83%) and adulthood (child welfare: 83%; juvenile justice: 94%) respectively. General psychopathology was found to be stable from adolescence into adulthood in both samples.; Our findings showed high prevalence rates and a high stability of general psychopathology into adulthood among child welfare and juvenile justice adolescents in Swiss residential care. Therefore, continuity of mental health care and well-prepared transitions into adulthood for such individuals is highly warranted.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie UPK
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie UPK
UniBasel Contributors:Boonmann, Cyril and Grob, Alexander
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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