The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children

Richard Thompson, Michael A. Lindsey, Diana J. English, Kristin M. Hawley, Sharon Lambert, Dorothy C. Browne

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Abstract

Children in child welfare are especially likely to have unmet mental health needs. The role of family factors in children's use of mental health services was examined in a longitudinal sample of 1,075 maltreated or at-risk children. Vulnerable family environment (poor family functioning, low social support, and caregiver psychological distress) is an important predictor of children's mental health needs. It also predicts them not having these needs met.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalChild Welfare
Volume86
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007

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Thompson, R., Lindsey, M. A., English, D. J., Hawley, K. M., Lambert, S., & Browne, D. C. (2007). The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children. Child Welfare, 86(5), 57-74.

The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children. / Thompson, Richard; Lindsey, Michael A.; English, Diana J.; Hawley, Kristin M.; Lambert, Sharon; Browne, Dorothy C.

In: Child Welfare, Vol. 86, No. 5, 09.2007, p. 57-74.

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Thompson, R, Lindsey, MA, English, DJ, Hawley, KM, Lambert, S & Browne, DC 2007, 'The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children', Child Welfare, vol. 86, no. 5, pp. 57-74.
Thompson, Richard ; Lindsey, Michael A. ; English, Diana J. ; Hawley, Kristin M. ; Lambert, Sharon ; Browne, Dorothy C. / The influence of family environment on mental health need and service use among vulnerable children. In: Child Welfare. 2007 ; Vol. 86, No. 5. pp. 57-74.
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