Table 3

Children's psychosocial adjustment at age 7 years

Conduct problemsHyperactivity/inattentionEmotional symptomsPeer relationship problemsProsocial behaviour
Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)
Boys (n=5328)
 Mean (95% CI)1.55 (1.50 to 1.61)3.80 (3.71 to 3.88)1.47 (1.41 to 1.53)1.27 (1.22 to 1.33)8.31 (8.26 to 8.37)
 % with abnormal score12.516.77.910.516.8
Girls (n=5172)
 Mean (95% CI)2.43 (2.39 to 2.46)2.94 (2.85 to 3.02)1.38 (1.32 to 1.43)1.01 (0.96 to 1.06)8.66 (8.62 to 8.71)
 % with abnormal score7.78.96.97.87.9
Total (n=10 500)
 Mean (95% CI)2.46 (2.44 to 2.49)3.29 (3.23 to 3.36)1.33 (1.29 to 1.37)1.10 (1.06 to 1.14)8.40 (8.36 to 8.43)
 % with abnormal score10.212.97.49.212.5
  • Note: Higher scores for conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, emotional symptoms and peer relationship problems indicate higher levels of difficulty.

  • Higher scores for prosocial behaviour indicate greater prosocial behaviour.

  • All gender differences in levels of abnormal problems p<0.001 except for emotional symptoms, p=0.08.