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

Janie Canty-Mitchell, Joan K. Austin, Kim Jaffee, Rong Amy Qi, Nancy Swigonski

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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