Long-term outcomes of mental health problems and socio-economic deprivation among preschool children

Mental health problems in children are manifested during the preschool years as emotional and behavioral problems. If these problems persist, they can lead to negative consequences later in life, such as morbidity, poor school performance and healthcare utilization. Socio-economic deprivation is a risk factor for negative outcomes and also affects mental health problems. However, there is a lack of knowledge on how mental health problems and socioeconomic deprivation, both at the preschool-level and individual level, interact and affect the long-term outcomes in preschool children in Sweden.

The purpose of the project is to investigate how mental health problems and socioeconomic deprivation interact and affect preschool children in terms of somatic and psychiatric conditions, poor school performance, healthcare utilization and healthcare-related costs. The project is a follow-up of the study Focus and includes about 7400 children, 3-5 years, in Uppsala. Data is collected from high quality Swedish registers when the children are 12-15 years old and healthcare-related costs will be estimated.

Project team:

Natalie Durbeej, Helena Fabian, Anna Sarkadi, Raziye Salari, Anton Dahlberg, Richard Ssegonja and Sergio Flores.

Contact information:

For more information about the project, please contact Natalie Durbeej.

Last modified: 2023-09-26