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  • An investigation of the mental health needs of children looked after by craigavon and banbridge health and social services trust

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    Child Care in Practice, Vol: 11, Page: 39-49,Routledge

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to examine rates of mental health difficulties among children in substitute care across five childcare teams


    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. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Child Care in Practice is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


    Tom Teggart; Joanne Menary

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Epidemiology - descriptive, incidence, prevalence and/or trends » Descriptive Studies - With a comparative dimension: time, geography, treatment, procedures


    Article 13575279 Accession Number: 16176148; Teggart, Tom 1; Email Address:; Menary, Joanne 2; Affiliations: 1: Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Child and Family Clinic 2: Assistant Pschologist at the Psychology Department Source Info: Jan2005, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p39; Thesaurus Term: CHILD mental health services; Thesaurus Term: CHILD mental health; Thesaurus Term: SOCIAL service; Subject Term: CHILD psychopathology -- Diagnosis; Subject Term: CARING; Subject Term: NORTHERN Ireland; Author-Supplied Keyword: Assessment of Need; Author-Supplied Keyword: Looked After Children; Author-Supplied Keyword: Mental Health Difficulties; Number of Pages: 11p. Document Type: Article


    mental health

    International Classification:

    Mental and behavioural disorders - mental health



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)