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|October 20, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Research, Youth Development||
The study Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in U.S. Adolescents: Results from the National Co-morbidity Survey Replication–Adolescent Supplement by Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Ph.D., Jian-ping He, M.Sc., Marcy Burstein, Ph.D., Sonja A. Swanson, Sc.M., Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D., Lihong Cui, M.Sc., Corina Benjet, Ph.D., Katholiki Georgiades, Ph.D., and Joel Swendsen, Ph.D. in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reports that 20 percent of children in America have a mental health disorder.
This study looked closely at prevalence data on mental illness in a representative sample of U.S. children. The researchers estimated that approximately 1 out of 5 children in the country met criteria for a mental disorder serious enough to be disruptive to their daily activities and interactions. The most prevalent condition was anxiety disorders at nearly 32 percent, followed by behavior disorders at 19 percent, then mood disorders at 14.3 percent and substance use disorders at 11.4 percent.
This data can only help inform priorities for future research and policies regarding prevention efforts. Early recognition, screening and appropriate interventions may play a role in addressing mental health concerns before they become possibly debilitating later in life.
The full citation for the study summarized above is:
Merikangas KR, He J, Burstein M, Swanson SA, Avenevoli S, Cui L, Benjet C, Georgiades, Swendsen J. Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in U.S. adolescents: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication — Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2010; 49:980-989.