Articles and Key Findings about Children's Mental Health

Key Findings

Characteristics Related to Having Pediatric Mental Healthcare Policies in Emergency Departments
Learn about factors related to whether U.S. emergency departments (EDs) have policies in place to care for children with mental health and social concerns.
(Published: November 18, 2019)

Anxiety and Depression in Children
Learn about diagnosis, treatment, and impact of anxiety and depression in U.S. children.
(Published: April 24, 2018)

Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Problems – What Works?
Learn about current evidence on the most effective treatments for behavior problems in children.
(Published: May 1, 2017)

Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood.
Learn about family, community and health-care factors related to children’s mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.
(Published: March 10, 2016)

Children’s Mental Health Report
Learn about the CDC report that describes federal activities that track U.S. children’s mental disorders.
(Published: May 16, 2013)

Feature Articles

Supporting Parents To Help Children Thrive
Learn how CDC helps parents get the support and information they need.
(Published: May 4, 2020)

Your Child Is At Risk for Mental Health Issues After a Disaster
Learn the signs of children’s mental stress to help them cope after a disaster.
(Published: January 13, 2020)

Anxiety and Depression in Children: Get the facts
Learn the facts about anxiety and depression in children.
(Published: May 6, 2019)

Helping Children Thrive in Rural Communities
Learn about data on children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders in rural and urban areas.
(Published: March 12, 2019)

Improving Children’s Behavioral Health
Learn what CDC is doing about gaps in behavioral treatment for children.
(Published: January 29, 2019)

Recent Scientific Articles

Trends over Time and Jurisdiction Variability in Supplemental Security Income and State Supplementary Payment Programs for Children with Disabilities
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. Published online February 17, 2020
Lara R. Robinson, Russell F. McCord, Lindsay K. Cloud, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Amy Cook, Jessica Amoroso, Maya Hazarika Watts, Kim Kotzky, Caroline M. Barry, Rebecca Johnson, Kelly J. Kelleher.
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Characteristics Associated With Presence of Pediatric Mental Health Care Policies in Emergency Departments.
Cree RA, So M, Franks JL, Richards RM, Leeb R, Hashikawa A, Krug S, Ludwig L, Olson LM.
Pediatric Emergency Care. November 13, 2019.
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Health care, family, and community factors associated with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders and poverty among children aged 2–8 years — United States, 2016.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2018;67(5):1377-1383.
Robyn A. Cree, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Lara R. Robinson, Joseph R. Holbrook, Melissa L. Danielson, Camille Smith, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Mary Kay Kenney, Georgina Peacock
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Policy levers to promote access to and utilization of children’s mental health services: A systematic review
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Published online January 3, 2019.
Marvin So, Russell McCord, Jennifer W. Kaminski
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Prevalence and treatment of depression, anxiety, and conduct problems in US children
Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206, 256–267.e3
Reem M. Ghandour, Laura J. Sherman, Catherine J. Vladutiu, Mir M. Ali, Sean E. Lynch, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Stephen J. Blumberg
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Prevalence of parent-reported traumatic brain injury in children and associated health conditions.
JAMA Pediatrics. 2018;172(11):1078-1086.
Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Akilah Heggs Lee, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Xinjian Zhang, Marcie-jo Kresnow-Sedacca.
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Epidemiology and impact of healthcare provider diagnosed anxiety and depression among US children.
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2018;39(5), 395–403.
Rebecca H. Bitsko, Joseph R. Holbrook, Reem M. Ghandour, Stephen J. Blumberg, Susanna N. Visser, Ruth Perou, John Walkup.
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Evidence base update for psychosocial treatment of disruptive behaviors in children.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2017, 46:4, 477-499
Jennifer W. Kaminski & Angelika H. Claussen
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Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2–8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas —United States, 2011–2012
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries 2017 ;66(No. SS-8):1–11.
Lara R. Robinson, Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Sophie A. Hartwig, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Reem M. Ghandour, Georgina Peacock, Akilah Heggs, Coleen A. Boyle
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Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care: Considerations and Opportunities for Policymakers, Planners, and Providers
Milbank Memorial Fund, March 2017
Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Rachel L. Hulkower, and Jennifer W. Kaminski
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Interpreting the Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Children: Tribulation and Triangulation
Health Promotion Practice. 2017; 18( 1), 5–7.
Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko,  Melissa L. Danielson, Susanna N. Visser
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Health-care, Family, and Community Factors associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood – United States, 2011-2012.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2016 Mar 11; 65(9);221–226.
Rebecca H. Bitsko, Joseph R. Holbrook, Jennifer W. Kaminski, Lara R. Robinson, Reem Ghandour, Camille Smith, Georgina Peacock
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Demographic Differences Among a National Sample of US Youth With Behavioral Disorders
Clinical Pediatrics, 2016; 55(14), 1358-1362.
Susanna N. Visser, Emily L. Deubler, Rebecca H. Bitsko, Joseph R. Holbrook, and Melissa L. Danielson,
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Mental Health Surveillance Among Children, United States 2005–2011
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2013;62(Suppl; May 16, 2013):1-35.
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