Assessing the prevalence of mental health disorders and mental health needs among preschool children in care in England

Hillen, Thomas and Gafson, Leonie and Drage, Laura and Conlan, Louise-Margaret (2012) Assessing the prevalence of mental health disorders and mental health needs among preschool children in care in England. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33 (4). pp. 411-420. ISSN 1097-0355 (Electronic) 0163-9641 (Print)

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Although school-aged children living in foster care have been identified as a high-risk group for mental health and developmental disorders, there is a paucity of data relating to preschool children in care (CIC). This study aimed to identify the prevalence of mental health and developmental disorders along with corresponding need for interventions in preschool CIC. All CIC aged 0 to 5 years in an inner city local authority underwent comprehensive, multifaceted assessments consisting of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (J. Squires, D. Bricker, & E. Twombly, 2003), interviews with caregivers based on the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (H.L. Egger & A. Angold, 2006), Mullen Scales of Early Learning (E.M. Mullen, 1995), and systematic clinical observation. Of 58 eligible preschoolers, 43 completed the assessment. At least one mental health disorder was found in 26 (60.5%) participants, and at least one developmental disorder was found in 11 (25.6%). When mental health and/or developmental disorders were considered together, 30 (69.8%) preschoolers fulfilled criteria for at least one diagnosis, and 18 (41.9%) had two or more comorbid conditions. Whereas 36 (83.7%) of the preschoolers needed an intervention, only 3 of these had received adequate input. In conclusion, preschool CIC constitute a high-risk group for mental health and developmental disorders. Without age-appropriate assessments, their needs go undetected, and opportunities for early intervention are being missed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published: 22 May 2012
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Mental Disorders
Human Psychological Processes > Early Experiences
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 19:09
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 19:09
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1484

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