George C. Patton

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CONTEXT In 2002, an estimated 877,000 lives were lost worldwide through suicide. Some developed nations have implemented national suicide prevention plans. Although these plans generally propose multiple interventions, their effectiveness is rarely evaluated. OBJECTIVES To examine evidence for the effectiveness of specific suicide-preventive interventions(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the prevalence of three mental disorders (Depressive Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the prevalence of mental health problems, the health-related quality of life of those with problems, and patterns of service utilisation of those with and without mental health problems, among 4-17-year-olds in(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of people at high risk of becoming psychotic within the near future creates opportunities for early intervention prior to the onset of psychosis to prevent or minimise later ill-health. The present study combines current knowledge about risk factors for schizophrenia with our knowledge of psychotic prodromes in an attempt to(More)
BACKGROUND Pronounced changes in patterns of health take place in adolescence and young adulthood, but the effects on mortality patterns worldwide have not been reported. We analysed worldwide rates and patterns of mortality between early adolescence and young adulthood. METHODS We obtained data from the 2004 Global Burden of Disease Study, and used(More)
OBJECTIVES This report considers the extent to which depression and anxiety predict smoking onset in adolescence. METHODS A 6-wave cohort design was used to study a sample of 14- and 15-year-old students (n = 2032) drawn from 44 secondary schools in the state of Victoria, Australia. The students were surveyed between 1992 and 1995 with a computerized(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether cannabis use in adolescence predisposes to higher rates of depression and anxiety in young adulthood. DESIGN Seven wave cohort study over six years. SETTING 44 schools in the Australian state of Victoria. PARTICIPANTS A statewide secondary school sample of 1601 students aged 14-15 followed for seven years. MAIN OUTCOME(More)
This article describes the theoretical background, origins, and development of a new clinical service for intervention in the putatively prodromal phase of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Establishing such a service required examination of conceptual issues such as the meaning of the prodrome in psychosis and its association with risk of(More)
OBJECTIVES To establish the relation between recurrent peer victimisation and onset of self reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in the early teen years. DESIGN Cohort study over two years. SETTING Secondary schools in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS 2680 students surveyed twice in year 8 (aged 13 years) and once in year 9. MAIN OUTCOME(More)
BACKGROUND The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) aims to bring together all available epidemiological data using a coherent measurement framework, standardised estimation methods, and transparent data sources to enable comparisons of health loss over time and across causes, age-sex groups, and countries. The GBD can be used to generate summary(More)
Adolescence is a life phase in which the opportunities for health are great and future patterns of adult health are established. Health in adolescence is the result of interactions between prenatal and early childhood development and the specific biological and social-role changes that accompany puberty, shaped by social determinants and risk and protective(More)