Age and other factors play a role in treatment for childhood mental disorders

May 13, 2024

A study from Ontario reveals important information on factors that may influence children’s mental health service use. For example, researchers found considerable differences in service use based on age. Among children between four and 11, 61.5% received service for their mental health concerns; however, for youth between 12 and 17, this figure was only 43.7%. Study authors also found differences in service use based on other factors. Specifically, immigrant children were much less likely to receive mental health services compared with non-immigrants. As well, children who had both behaviour and mood or anxiety disorders were significantly more likely to receive services than children with just one of these disorders.

For more information, see Vol. 16, No. 2 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.