Girls, middle children, and children living in households with fathers are least likely to receive mental health services when compared to their counterparts.
Girls are much less likely to obtain needed treatment for externalizing behavior disorders than are boys, and are somewhat less likely to obtain needed treatment for depression than boys. Middle children are less likely to obtain needed treatment for any mental health problem than are oldest, youngest, or only children. The presence of the father inhibits the likelihood that the child will receive treatment, particularly for depression. African Americans and Latinos are less likely than white children to receive treatment. In contrast to these rich results for the social and demographic determinants of children’s specialty mental health utilization, the economic and insurance variables (including maternal education and income) seem to hold little predictive power.
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