Parents' perception of children's mental health: seeing the signs but not the problems
Li Huang, Harriet Hiscock, Kim M Dalziel
Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: It is a public heath priority to understand why many children with mental health problems fail to access mental health services. This study aims to quantify under-recognition of children's mental health problems by parents across income quintiles. METHODS: We estimated under-recognition with parent-reported mental health problems and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) using a nationally representative Australian data set for children aged 4-15 years with 24 269 person-wave observations. RESULTS: Under-recognition was the highest in the lowest income quintile, with 11.5% of children from the lowest income quintile families who scored in the clinical range on the SD..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council
This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (grant APP1129957).