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Use of mental health services by children with mental disorders in two major cities in Brazil

Fatori, Daniel, Salum, Giovanni Abrahão, Rohde, Luis Augusto, Pan, Pedro Mario, Bressan, Rodrigo, Evans-Lacko, Sara, Polanczyk, Guilherme, Miguel, Euripedes Constantino and Graeff-Martins, Ana Soledade (2019) Use of mental health services by children with mental disorders in two major cities in Brazil. Psychiatric Services, 70 (4). pp. 337-341. ISSN 1075-2730

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Identification Number: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800389

Abstract

Objective: The study examined lifetime use of mental health services among children diagnosed as having mental disorders in two major cities in Brazil and identified characteristics associated with unmet need. Methods: The data were collected as part of the High Risk Cohort Study, a community study conducted in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, Brazil. During the period from 2010 to 2011, a total of 2,511 children ages 6 to 12 were assessed, and 652 were given a diagnosis of at least one mental disorder. The current study analyzed data for a subsample of 651 children with complete information on use of mental health services. Results: Eighty-one percent of the children with mental disorders had not received mental health treatment in the past. The majority who received treatment were treated with psychotherapy or a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Mixed-race children were significantly more likely to have unmet need for treatment, compared with white children. Conclusions: The high rate of unmet need among children with mental disorders should be addressed with strategies to improve access to health care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 American Psychiatric Association
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 14:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 05:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100535

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