Adolescent Boys More Likely Than Girls To Get Mental Health Services

Medscape (8/29, Brauser) reports that research released Aug. 27 “from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that 4.3% of US teens had a serious emotional or behavioral difficulty between 2010 and 2012 for which they sought nonmedication mental health services.” What’s more, “71% of these kids, who were between the ages of 12 and 17 years, received these services during the previous six months, and boys were more likely than girls to receive these types of services overall and specifically within school settings.”

The study authors, led by the CDC’s Lindsey I. Jones, MPH, concluded, “This finding may be due, in part, to the higher prevalence among boys of externalizing and developmental conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders, which negatively affect their school achievement and participations.”

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