ERIC Number: EJ935806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Psychological Distress, Service Utilization, and Prescribed Medications among Youth with and without Histories of Involvement with Child Protective Services
Hamilton, Hayley A.; Paglia-Boak, Angela; Wekerle, Christine; Danielson, Anna Marie; Mann, Robert E.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v9 n4 p398-409 Aug 2011
The objective of this study was to examine differences in psychological distress, service utilization, and prescriptions for medications between adolescents with histories of family involvement with child protective services (CPS) and adolescents without such involvement. Data on 3,497 students were obtained from the 2009 cycle of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, a province-wide school-based survey of 7th to 12th graders. All analyses adjusted for the complex sample design. Results indicated that individuals who reported histories of family involvement with CPS were more likely to report elevated risk of psychological distress, had a greater number of visits to doctors and other professionals for mental health concerns, and were more likely to have been prescribed medications for depression or anxiety than individuals with no involvement with CPS. These results suggest a need for greater research on service utilization and prescription medications among individuals with histories of family involvement with CPS.
Descriptors: Drug Therapy, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Psychology, Family Environment, Depression (Psychology), Stress Variables, Psychological Patterns, Social Services, Comparative Analysis, Secondary School Students, At Risk Persons, Anxiety, Mental Health, Access to Health Care
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada