oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Psychiatric admissions among adolescents in Enugu, Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Out of a total of 4217 admissions into a Nigerian psychiatric hospital over a 5-year period (1988-1992), seven hundred and forty two were adolescents. This represents a period prevalence of 17.6%. The average age of the adolescents was 14 years with males accounting for 64.1% of the admissions. The most common mental disorders among the adolescents were schizophrenia, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. There were more males than females in each diagnostic category except neurotic and anxiety disorders which recorded more females. It is concluded that a sizeable proportion of the psychiatric hospital population are adolescents and this calls for greater commitment to the provision of facilities for the screening, diagnosis, treatment and research into adolescent mental disorders.

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