This research program sets out to assess the short-term effects of school environment on the mental health of adolescents. We will conduct a large scale longitudinal study, using surveys at the school, class, parent and student levels, information from Swedish health- and administrative registers, as well as biomarkers.
The following core questions will be addressed:
Is school pedagogic environment and its specific dimensions (e.g. pedagogic leadership, teaching methods, relations in school) associated with the risk of mental ill-health and of psychiatric disorders in adolescence, and is this potential association moderated by gender?
To what extent is the potential relation between school pedagogic environment and mental health mediated by academic achievements?
Is school pedagogic environment associated with mental ill-health through modifications in the expression of genes, e.g. those regulating response to stress?
The databases accrued within the frame of this project will allow further exploration of highly relevant areas, such as: feasibility and effectiveness of a screening for early detection of mental health problems among adolescents; costs of mental illness among school children; interaction between school- and family-level social and psycho-social factors and mental ill-health; effect of health-care interventions “as usual” on sub-clinical mental health problems.
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