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Close relations to parents and emotional symptoms among adolescents
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Close relations to parents and emotional symptoms among adolescents

beyond socio-economic impact?


OBJECTIVES: This study examined the relationship between trustful communication with parents and frequency of emotional symptoms in schoolchildren and whether this relationship was modified by the family's socio-economic position.

METHODS: Pooled data (n = 15,646) from the Danish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children surveys 2002, 2006 and 2010 were analysed by multilevel multivariable logistic regression.

RESULTS: 8 % of all schoolchildren reported emotional symptoms almost daily. Odds ratio for daily symptoms was 2.1 (1.8-2.4) for children without trustful communication with parents compared to children with trustful communication. This association appears unaffected by family occupational class. A substantial socio-economic gradient in emotional symptoms persisted, independent of parent-child communication.

CONCLUSIONS: Trustful communication with parents might have a fundamental importance, regardless of socio-economic position.

Damsgaard, M. T., Holstein, B. E., Koushede, V., Madsen, K. R., Meilstrup, C., Nelausen, M. K., ... Rayce, S. L. B. (2014). Close relations to parents and emotional symptoms among adolescents: beyond socio-economic impact?International Journal of Public Health (Print Edition), 59(5), 721-726. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0600-8
Author(s) Mogens Trab Damsgaard
Bjørn E Holstein
Vibeke Koushede
Katrine Rich Madsen
Charlotte Meilstrup
Malene Kubstrup Nelausen
Line Nielsen
Signe Lynne Boe Rayce, SFI
Publication date 02.09.2014
Published in International Journal of Public Health (Print Edition)
Language English
Department Vulnerable Children, Day Care and Schooling
keywords Child and youth policy

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