Mental Illness: Children

Marlys Staudt

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Mental Illness: Children


Approximately 20 percent of children and adolescents have a psychiatric diagnosis. Anxiety and disruptive disorders are some of the more frequent disorders. About 5 to 7 percent of children have a serious emotional disturbance (SED). In addition to a diagnosis, these children experience impairment that substantially interferes with and limits their functioning in family, school, or community activities. Social workers in many settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice, and health care, are called upon to assess and treat youth with mental health disorders or to refer them to appropriate services. This entry provides references that will assist students and practitioners to understand the influences on child mental health, assessment and treatment strategies, and the service system and policies.

Article.  6819 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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