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Mental health treatment: Reaching more kids

Date created
2020
Authors/Contributors
Author: Schwartz, C.
Author: Yung, D.
Author: Barican, J.
Author: Waddell, C.
Abstract
Background: Nearly 70% of children who are in need of specialized mental health services do not access them. We set out to identify effective self-delivered interventions as a way to help bridge the gap between those in need and those being serviced.Methods: We used systematic review methods to identify randomized control trials (RCTs) evaluating self-delivered treatments. After applying our rigorous inclusion criteria, we accepted five RCTs evaluating five treatment interventions.Results: Three self-directed family interventions reduced anxiety diagnoses and symptoms for school age children. One self-directed parenting intervention reduced ADHD diagnoses for school age children. Additionally, one self-directed youth invention reduced depression symptoms for adolescents.Conclusions: Strong research evidence supports the use of self-directed treatments to address three common childhood mental disorders. Greater use of these interventions can expand the number of children who are reached with effective treatments.
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Schwartz, C., Yung, D., Cairncross, N., Barican, J., Gray-Grant, D., & Waddell, C. (2020). Mental health treatment: Reaching more kids. Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, 14(2), 1–16. Vancouver, BC: Children’s Health Policy Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.https://childhealthpolicy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/RQ-14-20-Spring.pdf
Publication title
Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly
Document title
Mental health treatment: Reaching more kids
Date
2020
Volume
14
Issue
2
First page
1
Last page
16
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No
Language
English
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