Psychosocial disorders rise among the young

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1429

A major study of psychosocial disorders in young people has concluded that there is a rapidly growing problem throughout Europe and North America, but that there are no obvious causes or answers. The study found a sudden, sharp rise since the second world war in cases of crime, suicide, suicidal behaviour, depression, and alcohol and drug abuse among the young.

Professor Sir Michael Rutter, head of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of London's Institute of Psychiatry, who chaired the study group says: “We have found it very frustrating that our conclusions must be so cautious. It …

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