Sub-Saharan African (SSA) youth have higher rates of poor mental health compared to their counterparts in other low-and-middle-income countries. Empirical studies have found that family support is a crucial deterrent against the development of mental health problems in adolescence. However, little is known about the link between parental involvement and SSA young people mental health. This study examined the correlation between parental involvement and SSA adolescent mental health. About 15,000 adolescents aged 11–17 from six SSA countries participated in the Global School-Based Health Surveys (2003–2007). Based on the findings, low parental involvement was observed. Binomial regression analysis showed that the strength and direction of the relationship between parental involvement and mental health varied across countries. These findings may indicate the need for more intense mental health intervention efforts including the collaboration of professionals, policy-makers, and parents to guide future child and adolescent mental health services.
- mental health
- parental involvement
- sub-Saharan African countries