Adolescence is the typical time of onset of most major mental disorders of adulthood. Adolescent-onset disorders not only predict later life mental health problems, but also predict difficulties in future transitions through education to employment, quality-of-life and economic independence.
Despite the importance of adolescent-onset disorders, there is very little quality data available in low and middle income countries, such as Indonesia, on prevalence rates or risk factors. Global coverage of diagnostic data for child and adolescent mental disorders is poorer in Indonesia than for any other major health problem.
Without diagnostic data that includes levels of severity, chronicity, perceived need and impairment, it is difficult to consider what clinical services are needed. Further, without an understanding of major modifiable risk factors and their social determinants, developing preventive and mental health promotion programs is not feasible. The primary goal of this project is to lay the foundation for collecting minimally sufficient data to monitor and address adolescent mental health problems and their determinants in Indonesia and Australia.