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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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of psychological distress and probable lifetime mental disorders among homeless mothers, their use of services, and the relationship between maternal and child mental health problems. METHOD The study involved a cross-sectional assessment of 110 mothers and 157 children living in homeless(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the amount and nature of violence exposure and examine the relationship between violence exposure and distress symptoms among children in foster care. METHOD Violence exposure and distress symptoms were evaluated in interviews, conducted between July 1996 and March 1998, of 300 children from Los Angeles County living in out-of-home(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)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication treatment and relevant school services use during a 2-year period, and to examine independent predictors of these interventions. METHOD Parent and child interviews (n = 266) and follow-up 12-month telephone surveys (n = 220) were conducted(More)