Barriers to Mental Health Care for Urban, Lower Income Families Referred from Pediatric Primary Care
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- Larson, J., dosReis, S., Stewart, M. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2013) 40: 159. doi:10.1007/s10488-011-0389-1
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of parent-reported barriers on the likelihood of attending a mental health evaluation after referral from pediatric primary care. As the part of procedure, parents of children (N = 55) referred for mental health from primary care completed a 23-item questionnaire (three subscales; Cronbach alpha > 0.7): intangible barriers, tangible barriers, and child functioning. Logistic regression examined associations between responses and referral follow-through. The results showed that the high levels of intangible barriers were associated with decreased odds of attending the mental health evaluation (OR = 0.20, 0.06–0.83; P = 0.03). Therefore, we conclude that parental concerns about mental health care may be important for engagement in treatment.