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Association between psychosomatic health symptoms and common mental illness in Ghanaian adolescents: Age and gender as potential moderators

Glozah, FN and Pevalin, DJ (2017) 'Association between psychosomatic health symptoms and common mental illness in Ghanaian adolescents: Age and gender as potential moderators.' Journal of Health Psychology, 22 (11). 1376 - 1386. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

© SAGE Publications. Little is known about the role of age and gender in the association between psychosomatic symptoms and common mental illness in Ghanaian adolescents. This cross-sectional study examined age and gender as moderators between psychosomatic symptoms and common mental illness using data from a school-based survey (N = 770). Males reported higher psychosomatic symptoms and common mental illness, while younger adolescents reported higher common mental illness only. Psychosomatic symptoms were positively associated with common mental illness, but age and gender did not moderate this association. Interventions aimed at reducing the prevalence rate in psychosomatic symptoms are crucial in decreasing common mental illness in Ghanaian adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16107

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