35% of mental disorders will pop up before the age of 14 and in most cases they are not diagnosed in time, so minors can carry mental problems for years and even show their faces in adult life. autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, and phobias are the main changes that children and adolescents can suffer, according to the conclusion of an analysis through 192 epidemiological studies announced this Wednesday in Elche within the framework of the conference that “Mental health in childhood and adolescence. Global actions in the face of a complex problem.
The meeting, organized by the Miguel Hernández University, serves to present the research that the university center leads in the country through Aitana Group and the Children’s Research Center and funded by the Generalitat, to try to understand, with reliable data, what is due to the high prevalence of these diseases at an early age. The mission is to prevent them and provide answers in the school and the family environment.
The Project, under the name EMO developed by eleven researchers, most of them from the Elche campus, and an epidemiological study was carried out through a sampling of 6,500 minors from 8 to 16 years old. The participants will be monitored every year for three years to collect the discomfort of the children themselves, through self-reports, and the legal guardians and a hundred schools and institutes will also work together, for now, to to give feelings.
Intervene in time
Mireia Orgilés, professor of the Aitana research group, says that the idea of this work arose to serve as a guide to intervening in time and that the problems will not be permanent, all after increasing attention to minors in psychological consultations was noted and after it was estimated that one in five young people is depressed and that the number of suicides has doubled in recent years.
The professional explains that children and adolescents are not only subjected to contexts such as family conflicts, substance abuse at home, and economic problems “new stressors” emerge such as intergenerational changes, the dangers of the internet, the effects of apart that the coronavirus pandemic brings or the fact that every time parents become parents in later ages.
The challenge is to provide an immediate response to identify risk factor and close to one prevention strategy according to the truth. Academics understand that factors are the problem in globalized studies, and not only through regional samples, which is what is found today, possible treatments can also be refined.
As a preliminary result of this study, it was found that among the biggest concerns of minors are cell phone diction, cyberbullying, or self-esteem problems, while the children’s parents fear are cell their children will be marginalized due to not having a social network. Adolescents perceive receiving psychological care positively the economic barrier shows the fact that their parents need to know that something is happening.
Marifé Rodríguez, professor at the UNED Faculty of Psychology, highlighted the activity that the work of parenting “we lose” due to other burdens and that added to this is the fact that the new generations will not tolerate failure “and they live like Snow White with the stepmother’s mirror and social networks, which tells them what they should be.”
José Pedro Espada, director of the Children’s Research Center, emphasized that this research is important because it was noticed that there are more cases of anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts than ever before “because children and teenagers lack resources and parents are overwhelmed.”
Precisely from the College of Psychologists of the Valencian Community (COPCV) they ask of the day to have more specialists in child and adolescent psychology to “reduce la, agnosia waiting lists, because it is a right to guarantee mental health at these ages,” he explained. Vice Dean Concepción Sánchez Beltrán.
Mateu Servera, professor of Psychology at the University of the Balearic Islands, also emphasizes that despite the attempts, the specialty of clinical psychology was not created for these ages and emphasizes that the ratio of 18 to 20 psychologists per 100,000 resident established internationally. recommendations.