Survey of behavioral/emotional problems in an adolescent outpatient service

  • Benedita Salete Costa Lima Valverde Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Maria Sylvia de Souza Vitalle Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Isa de Pádua Cintra Sampaio Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Teresa Helena Schoen Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Keywords: adolescents, behavior disorders, public health service, depressive anxiety, health

Abstract

This study's objective was to identify the main behavioral and emotional problems perceived by adolescents attending an outpatient service. A total of 320 adolescents were included in the study. The respondents were not undergoing psychotherapy and self-applied the Youth Self Report in the ambulatory's waiting room. The main problem reported was Anxious/Depressed. Male adolescents obtained higher scores for Social Problems and lower scores for Delinquent Behavior, while females obtained lower scores for Somatic Complaints and higher scores for the Anxious/Depressed scale. Social Problems were associated with the initial phase of adolescence. In terms of incidence, less than one quarter of the adolescents presented problems, suggesting that adolescence is not a period of turbulence. Some adolescents require a more detailed evaluation because they reported behaviors indicative of mental disorders. We conclude that there is a need for mental health workers to integrate the health staff providing care to adolescents.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Published
2012-12-01
How to Cite
Valverde, B., Vitalle, M., Sampaio, I., & Schoen, T. (2012). Survey of behavioral/emotional problems in an adolescent outpatient service . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 22(53), 315-323. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-863X2012000300003
Section
Articles