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Emotional and behavioral problems of children in residential care: Screening detection and referrals to mental health services

Abstract: Adverse family conditions, abuse and neglect during childhood present important risk factors for the appearance of emotional and behavioral problems. The main aim of this paper is to describe the presence of these kinds of disorders in children in residential child care and to explore individual, socio-family and care process factors associatedwith the use of mental health services. The sample consisted of 1216 children 6?18 years old in residential care in several Spanish regions. Information about emotional and behavioral problems was gathered according to two criteria: receiving some kind of treatment services and/or being identified as within the clinical range in the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Results showed that 49% of caseswere receiving some kind ofmental health treatment and 61% were identified as within the clinical range in some of the broad band scales of the CBCL. In terms of agreement between referral to treatment and CBCL scores, results showed that four out of ten cases identified as within the clinical range were not receiving any kind of treatment. Several factors related to the type of problems detected in the CBCL, personal variables, and child care arrangements are associated with greater use of mental health services.

 Autoría: González-García C., Bravo A., Arruabarrena I., Martín E., Santos I., Del Valle J.,

 Fuente: Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 73, Pages 100 - 1061 February 2017

Editorial: Elsevier

 Año de publicación: 2017

Nº de páginas: 7

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.12.011

ISSN: 0190-7409,1873-7765

Proyecto español: PSI2012-33185