Prevention of Behavioral and Social Problems
Many children and adolescents are affected by mental health problems of one kind or another. Between 17 to 22% of youth up to age 18 develop a clinical disorder, that is, a behavioral or emotional problem that significantly impairs their personal or social adjustment and warrants treatment (Kazdin, 1990), and between 12 to 53% who have one disorder also have at least one other co-occurring disorder (Nottelmann & Jensen, 1995). In addition to these clinical conditions, another 15 to 25% of young people could profit from intervention because they experience interpersonal deficits, sadness, or lack of self-control or self-confidence that impedes their personal and social growth.
KeywordsParent Training School Staff Mental Health Program Classroom Behavior Program Child
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