Howard I Meltzer

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BACKGROUND Child psychiatric disorders are common and treatable, but often go undetected and therefore remain untreated. AIMS To assess the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) as a potential means for improving the detection of child psychiatric disorders in the community. METHOD SDQ predictions and independent psychiatric diagnoses were(More)
The Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA) is a novel package of questionnaires, interviews, and rating techniques designed to generate ICD-10 and DSM-IV psychiatric diagnoses on 5-16-year-olds. Nonclinical interviewers administer a structured interview to parents about psychiatric symptoms and resultant impact. When definite symptoms are identified(More)
The findings described in this report and summarized here focus on the prevalence of mental disorders among 5-15 year olds and on the associations between the presence of a mental disorder and biographic, sociodemographic, socio-economic, and social functioning characteristics of the child and the family. Causal relationships should not be assumed for any(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the prevalence of DSM-IV disorders and comorbidity in a large population-based sample of British children and adolescents. METHOD Using a one-phase design, 10,438 children were assessed using the Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA), a structured interview with verbatim reports reviewed by clinicians so that information from(More)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the government agency responsible for compiling, analysing and disseminating many of the United Kingdom's economic, social and demographic statistics, including the retail prices index, trade figures and labour market data, as well as the periodic census of the population and health statistics. The Director of ONS(More)
BACKGROUND The psychosis phenotype is generally thought of as a categorical entity. However, there is increasing evidence that psychosis exists in the population as a continuum of severity rather than an all-or-none phenomenon. AIMS To investigate the prevalence and correlates of self-reported psychotic symptoms using data from the 2000 British National(More)
BACKGROUND Recognition of the additional social handicaps and distress that people with mental illnesses experience as a result of prejudice. AIMS To determine opinions of the British adult population concerning those with mental illnesses as baseline data for a campaign to combat stigmatization. METHOD Survey of adults (n = 1737 interviewed; 65%(More)
This paper describes the Household Survey from the National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity. This covered a sample drawn at random from the population of Britain, with the exception of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Postcode Address File was used as the sampling frame. Nearly 13,000 adults aged 16-65 were selected for interview, of which 10,108(More)
BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder that appears to be underdiagnosed and undertreated, despite the evidence for effective treatments. There are variable estimates of OCD prevalence in the under-16s and published rates give little indication of age trends. AIMS To establish the prevalence and associates of OCD in young people aged(More)
BACKGROUND Despite an expanding epidemiological evidence base, uncertainties remain over key aspects of the epidemiology of the 'antisocial' disorders in childhood and adolescence. METHODS We used cross-sectional data on a nationally representative sample of 10,438 5-15-year-olds drawn from the 1999 British Child Mental Health Survey to examine age(More)