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QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged 6–17 Years Prescribed Medication During the Preceding 6 Months for Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties,* by Census Region — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011–2012

The figure above shows the percentage of children aged 6-17 years prescribed medication during the preceding 6 months for emotional or behavioral difficulties, by U.S. Census region, in the United States during 2011-2012. Among children aged 6-17 years, 7.5% overall had been prescribed medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties. By U.S. Census region, the percentages were 9.3% in the South, 8.0% in the Midwest, 6.3% in the Northeast, and 5.0% in the West.


* Based on responses to the question, "During the past 6 months, was [child's name] prescribed medication or taking medication for difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior, or being able to get along with others."

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized, civilian U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample child component.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 2011–2012, among children aged 6–17 years, 7.5% overall had been prescribed medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties during the preceding 6 months. By U.S. Census region, the percentages were 9.3% in the South, 8.0% in the Midwest, 6.3% in the Northeast, and 5.0% in the West.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2011–2012. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: LaJeana D. Howie, MPH, lhowie@cdc.gov, 301-458-4611; Patricia N. Pastor, PhD; Susan L. Lukacs, DO.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of children aged 6-17 years prescribed medication during the preceding 6 months for emotional or behavioral difficulties, by U.S. Census region, in the United States during 2011-2012. Among children aged 6-17 years, 7.5% overall had been prescribed medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties. By U.S. Census region, the percentages were 9.3% in the South, 8.0% in the Midwest, 6.3% in the Northeast, and 5.0% in the West.



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