Parental Engagement and Adolescents Mental Health Wellbeing: Cross-Sectional Study from Sri Lanka

Gajarishiyan Rasalingam* (Corresponding Author), Arrosan Rajalingam

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Abstract

Background: Parental engagement is one of the key factors that can influence adolescents mentalhealth status, although these associations are not fully measured in the local context. This study willestimate the prevalence and association of parental engagement with adolescents and mental healthstatus in Sri Lanka. Method: This current study is a secondary analysis of nationally representativedata for Sri Lanka. The data was collected from 3262 school attending students in grades 8-12 inthe Sri Lankan Global School-based health survey (GSHS) 2016. A two-stage cluster sample designwas used to select the representation of samples. The binary variables i.e. loneliness, anxiety andsuicidal ideation, were modelled using multivariable logistic regression models with predictorsrepresenting gender, age, grade, parental supervision and parental understanding. Result: It isestimated that the prevalence of parental supervision and parental understanding is 85.3% and78.5%, respectively. The analysis of both good parental supervision and parenting understandinghas reduced the loneliness, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among the adolescents population,compared to those who don't have good parental engagement. Conclusion: It is seen that there isa higher prevalence of parental and children engagement in Sri Lanka compared to otherdemographical regions. However, the prevalence of mental health remains higher as compared tothe global average. The results suggest that national policies and programs should be integrated forboth parents and children. Parents need more knowledge on good parenting, while adolescents needsupport on coping with their mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health Review : International Journal of Public Health Research
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the WHO and CDC for
making the GSHS data publicly available for
analysis. We also thank the Ministry of Health, Sri
Lanka, for conducting the Survey across the
country.

Keywords

  • Parental Understanding
  • Parental Supervision
  • Mental Health
  • Adolescents
  • Sri Lanka

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