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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to estimate the point prevalence of psychotropic medication use, and to describe relationships between child-level characteristics, provider type, and medication use among children in the child welfare system. METHODS The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being is the first nationally representative study of(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the documented adherence to quality indicators for the outpatient care of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and major depression for children in public mental health clinics and to explore how adherence varies by child and clinic characteristics. METHOD A statewide, longitudinal cohort study of 813 children(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to describe the level of psychotropic medication use and its relationship to severe psychiatric disorders among school-aged children in foster care. METHODS Home interviews with 302 foster parents and children aged 6 to 12 years and 266 follow-up clinical evaluations were conducted. RESULTS Thirteen percent of the children(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the lifetime and past year prevalence rates of major psychiatric disorders in a sample of older youths in the foster care system, to examine the timing of disorder onset and system entry, and to explore variations in past year prevalence rates. METHOD Using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for DSM-IV, interviews were conducted with(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined lifetime, 12-month, and current mental health service use among older youths in the foster care system and examined variations in mental health care by race, gender, maltreatment history, living situation, and geographic region. METHOD The Service Assessment for Children and Adolescents, the Child Trauma Questionnaire, and(More)
OBJECTIVES Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common psychiatric condition, may impair a child's ability to learn and to form social relationships, tasks critical to healthy development. This study describes the prevalence of the disorder among children in special education programs and identifies the extent and predictors of unmet service(More)
Access to treatment for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was examined in the general health, specialty mental health, and informal care sectors. Special education students in a Florida school district were screened for ADHD, and high-risk children and their parents completed diagnostic and services assessment interviews. Female(More)
PURPOSE This study describes the perspectives of parents and adolescents regarding clinical need for and attitudes toward care for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition, it explores as to how these views relate to past year usage of mental health services. METHODS Parents and adolescents were interviewed 6 years after the school(More)
This study describes the level of psychotropic medication use and patterns of such treatment among school-aged children in foster care. Structured survey interviews were conducted in the foster homes of 302 randomly selected children, aged 6-12 years, who were living in foster care for 6 months or more and placed from three county service areas. Follow-up(More)
PURPOSE The chronic illness model advocates for psychoeducation within a collaborative care model to enhance outcomes. To inform psychoeducational approaches for ADHD, this study describes parent and adolescent knowledge, perceptions, and information sources and explores how these vary by sociodemographic characteristics, ADHD risk, and past child mental(More)