Mental Health Conditions Archives - NWI

Search for mental health care for children is often fruitless

May 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent Boston Globe article highlights the results of a 2015 Harvard study published this month in International Journal of Health Services. Researchers posing as a parent of depressed 12 year old called 913 doctors listed as network providers by Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in Boston, Chapel Hill, N.C., Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. On average, they were able to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician only 40 percent of the time. Appointments with psychiatrists were only scheduled 17 percent of the time.

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Telehealth Guidelines for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

May 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The American Telemedicine Association has published telehealth guidelines for the delivery of mental health and behavioral services by a licensed health care provider through real-time videoconferencing for children and adolescents. Telemedicine is one potential way to address the lack of child- and adolescent-trained behavioral health providers.

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The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children

May 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent article in the National Institute of Justice Journal looks at research on the effects of parental incarceration on the well-being of their dependent children. The author, Eric Martin, a social science analyst in NIJ’s Office of Research and Evaluation, outlines the scope of the issue, potential risks for children as well as policy recommendations.

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Research Shows Benefit of Pediatric-Based Brief Behavioral Treatment

April 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Results of a randomized clinical trial published this month in JAMA Psychiatry found that 56.8% of youths in pediatric-based behavioral treatment were clinically improved compared with 28.2% of youths provided with assisted referral. Improvement was greater for Hispanic youths, with 76.5% of those in behavioral treatment improving compared with 7.1% of referred youths.

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Issue Brief: A Call for Comprehensive Perinatal Psychotherapy Training

April 21, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new issue brief from SPARC and UMass and written by Carolyn Broudy outlines the need for perinatal psychotherapy training to better treat perinatal depression and avoid negative outcomes for mothers, infants and families.

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Early Intervention Can Help Combat Depression in Children

April 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent article from a New Jersey paper highlights ways local pediatricians are working to identify and treat depression and other mental health issues early with screening tools and collaborative care approaches. One pilot program will bring a licensed social worker and psychiatrist into the pediatric primary care office, and in another program a psychologist and a “patient navigator” will work with parents when children are diagnosed as needing treatment for a mental health issue.

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Child Trends Guidebook on Quality ECE

March 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new resource from Child Trends, “Defining and Measuring Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education (ECE): A Guidebook for Policymakers and Researchers” offers a common definition of high-quality early care and education and a set of indicators for measuring access. This guidebook is intended as a tool to help policymakers make high-quality care accessible to more children.
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New Study: Ethnic-Racial Exploration Positive for Adolescent Development

March 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor

New preliminary research conducted at Arizona State University and published recently in Child Development suggests that adolescents benefit from exploring and resolving their ethnic-racial identity, leading to higher self-esteem and better mental health. This small trial used the Identity Project intervention developed at Arizona State with 218 ninth grade students in the Southwest United States to test if it would boost adolescents’ exploration and resolution of ethnic-racial identity. The students who participated in the curriculum were surveyed afterwards and researchers found they had increased their exploration of ethnic-racial identity.

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Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners: Best Practices for Residential Interventions

March 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) and the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have created a resource guide for judges and legal partners when deciding on the use of a residential intervention for children and adolescents. Although services and supports for youth and their families are generally best delivered in their home and community, there are circumstances when a residential intervention may be appropriate. This resource offers guidelines for evaluating residential programs, such as the criteria that consistent support for the family (birth, kin or foster) should always be included.

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Research: Poverty’s Negative Impact on Children’s Mental Health

March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent study in England tracked more than 6,000 families over time to measure the impact of poverty on the family members’ mental health. At the outset, none of families were in poverty and none had mental health problems when their child was 3 years old. By the time the children were 11 years old, 14 percent of the families had moved into poverty. The researchers found that the children who moved into poverty were 40 percent more likely to develop social, emotional or behavioral problems.

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