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date: 25 February 2021

Mental Illness: Childrenlocked

  • Marlys StaudtMarlys StaudtAssociate Professor, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee


The primary focus of the entry is service utilization. As background, the risks for and prevalence of childhood mental disorders are summarized. Then, the current children's mental health services system is described, including the role of nonspecialty sectors of care and informal support systems. Service use barriers and disparities, pathways to services, and strategies to increase service use are discussed. The conclusion notes other current issues in child mental health, including the need to implement evidence-based treatments.

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