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Child Psychologists Explain 8 Social Factors That Decrease Mental Health in Kids

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. ADVERTISEMENT Overall, the study determined that 21.8% of U.S. children in the age group surveyed experience one or more mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.

The frequency of mental health problems across U.S. children ranged from roughly 15-60%. As exposure to social and relational risks increased, children typically displayed worse mental health.“If we treat children with mental, emotional, and behavioral problems without individually and collectively addressing social and relational health risks, or even assessing them, which is often the case, we are missing some of the biggest factors driving the mental and emotional suffering of our children,” says study leader Christina Bethell, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

She’s also the director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative at the Bloomberg School.Research shows that social factors and relational risks can cause behavioral, mental, and emotional problems in children.

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