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      Promoting mental health - longitudinal research on protective factors for mental health in adolescents

      Research Group WomFam, University of Skövde CHILD, Jönköping University
      Resarch Environment Digital Health Research (DHEAR)

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      Predictors for mental health among adolescents

      Duration

      January 1 – January 1

      Partners

      Turku University, Finland Jönköping University, Sweden

      Financing

      The University of Skövde, Sweden

      In Sweden, the number of people with mental illness has doubled since the mid-1980s. Psychosomatic symptoms can manifest as difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, irritation, worry, headache, dizziness, stomach pain, back pain or concentration difficulties. Strategies for coping with mental illness can include self-harm behavior, eating disorders, orthorexia, abuse or suicide. The Public Health Authority conducts the survey of school children's health habits every four years. The most recent survey took place in 2018. This shows that there are two areas in society that are linked to increased mental illness; factors in school and learning, but also overall societal factors affect. In school, there is less school performance and increased stress, especially among girls. In the area of overall social factors, an uncertain labor market with higher educational requirements, increased individualization, but also an increased openness of mental ill-health in the media and society is included.

      A Finnish data material collected in Turku and Pori that includes 1287 families is used to conduct various studies in relation to factors affecting mental health. Different collections has taken place from the 10th week of pregnancy until the child's 18 years of age. Parents, health care professionals, teachers and young people themselves from the age of 15 have answered various questionnaires concerning physical, mental and social development, as well as questions concerning behavior. We investigate resource factors that are associated with maintaining one's mental health.

      Project leader

      Lecturer in Public Health Science

      Participating Researchers

      Matti Sillanpää
      Professor Folkhälsovetenskap
      Lilly Augustine
      lektor Psykologi och pedagogik