An investigation of the mental health needs of children looked after by craigavon and banbridge health and social services trust
Rates of mental health difficulties were investigated among children in substitute care across five childcare teams in Craigavon and Banbridge H+SS Trust. A total of 64 children were assessed using a behavioural screening instrument. Results indicate that more than 60% of 4-10 year olds assessed may have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. The presence of such a disorder is probable in almost 50%. Among the 11-16 year olds assessed, the proportion likely to have a diagnosable disorder is slightly higher at almost two-thirds of the sample group. A significant number of children appeared in more than one diagnostic category, indicating the complexity of their presentation and probable co-morbid diagnoses. The implications of these results for further research and for the provision of mental health services to young people in substitute care are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-01-01