About 15 Percent of Children Received Mental Health Treatment in 2021

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by HealthDay.

In 2021, 14.9 percent of children aged 5 to 17 years received mental health treatment, according to a June data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

Benjamin Zablotsky, Ph.D., and Amanda E. Ng, M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, used data from the 2021 National Health Interview Survey to describe the percentage of children aged 5 to 17 years who received mental health treatment in the past 12 months.

The researchers found that children aged 12 to 17 years were more likely to have received any mental health treatment (including prescription medication and counseling or therapy) in the past 12 months compared with children aged 5 to 11 years (18.9 versus 11.3 percent). In the past 12 months, boys were more likely than girls to have taken prescription medication for their mental health (9.0 versus 7.3 percent).

Source: HealthDay

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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