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Factors influencing perceptions of need for and decisions to solicit child mental health services by parents of 9-12 year-old Korean children.

Cho, SM; Kim, HC; Cho, H; Shin, YM
Child psychiatry and human development, 38(4):279-286, 2007
Journal Title
Child psychiatry and human development
As children with emotional or behavioral problems often fail to receive the treatment available to them, this study examined (1) the degree of perceived need (PN) among Korean parents regarding mental health services for their children, (2) the factors associated with such perceptions, (3) the degree to which Korean parents actually engage mental health services for their children, and (4) the factors associated with such use. To determine the degrees of PN and actual use, 1,058 children aged between 9 and 12 years were asked to complete the Children's Depression Inventory, while their parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist. About 11.4% of the parents demonstrated PN, compared to 2.7% who actually engaged child mental health services. While most of the CBCL factors were associated with PN, the child's self-report significantly affected the perception as well. The attention problem score in the CBCL was the only factor that strongly corresponded to the actual use of services in Korea, a country where academic achievement is considered paramount, which suggests that cultural forces may play a powerful role in determining parents' decisions regarding child mental health care.
MeSH terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group/*psychology/statistics & numerical dataChildChild Health Services/*utilization*Decision MakingFemale*Health Services Needs and DemandHumansKoreaMaleMental Disorders/*ethnology/*therapyMental Health Services/*utilizationObserver Variation*ParentsPatient Acceptance of Health Care/*ethnologyPsychology
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Journal Papers > School of Medicine / Graduate School of Medicine > Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences
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조, 선미신, 윤미
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