Behavioral and mental health problems in low-income children with special health care needs

Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2004 Jun;18(3):79-87. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2004.03.003.

Abstract

This study examined caregiver perceptions of mental health problems and counseling needs in low-income children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Interviewers collected data from 257 caregivers of CSHCN (61% males; 60% African American; Mean age = 8.4 years) attending six Midwestern inner-city health clinics. Measures included the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and an investigator-designed questionnaire. CBCL T-scores indicated that 38% of CSHCN had a behavioral or mental health problem, but only 26% of caregivers perceived the need for treatment or counseling. CSHCN should be assessed and referred appropriately for behavioral and mental health problems during routine health care visits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Child Behavior Disorders* / therapy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Children* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders* / therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Midwestern United States / epidemiology
  • Needs Assessment
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Poverty* / statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires