England: mental disorders among young people 2017, by parent's mental health

This statistic displays the prevalence of mental disorders among young people in England in 2017, by the mental health of their parents. In this year, in cases where the parent's GHQ-12 score was above 9, 37.5 percent of boys and 40.3 percent of girls had been diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Prevalence of mental disorders among young people in England in 2017, by parent's mental health**

Parent's GHQ-12 scoreMaleFemale
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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

5-19 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* n (male)= 3,851; n (female)= 3,803.

** The source adds the following note: The parent or guardian interviewed, usually the mother, was asked about their own mental health using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). Scores range from 0 (no psychological distress) to 12 (severe psychological distress). A GHQ-12 score of 4 or higher is considered indicative of having a common mental disorder.

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