Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children

by Colleen Fleiss on  February 12, 2019 at 8:12 AM Mental Health News
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In the United States an estimated 7.7 million children (16.5%) have at least one mental health disorder and about half didn't receive treatment from a mental health professional, revealed new survey.
Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children
Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children

An estimated 46.6 million children were included for analysis and prevalence estimates varied widely by state.

For example, the prevalence of children with at least one mental health disorder ranged from 7.6 percent in Hawaii to 27.2 percent in Maine and the prevalence of children with a mental health disorder not treated or counseled by a mental health professional ranged from 29.5 percent in Washington, D.C., to 72.2 percent in North Carolina.

Policy efforts to improve treatment across the states are needed.

Author: Daniel G. Whitney, Ph.D., and Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.5399)

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Source: Eurekalert

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