Ontario Child Health Study. I. Methodology

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1987 Sep;44(9):826-31. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1987.01800210078012.


We developed the methodology for a community survey to determine the prevalence of emotional and behavioral disorders among children 4 to 16 years of age in Ontario, Canada. Our discussion includes the objectives of the survey, the measurement of disorder, sampling methods and survey design, and a description of the data collected and instrumentation. Among 2052 households with eligible children, 1869 (91%) participated in the survey. The results can be used to help plan the future allocation of mental health resources in Ontario.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Affective Symptoms / epidemiology*
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Planning
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Male
  • Ontario
  • Research Design
  • Sex Factors