Trajectories of Mental Health Services for Youth in Foster Care with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Children and Youth Services Review
Youth in foster care with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have significant needs for mental health services. The degree to which youth taking medication for ADHD use mental health services in relation to sibling co-placement and their level of need over time is unclear. To examine these issues, caregivers (N = 54) provided information on youth mental health service use across an 18-month study period. Results show that siblings living apart had a higher probability of mental health service use. For youth with higher CBCL scores, probability of mental health service use was both high and stable over time. However, youth with lower CBCL scores showed a decrease in probability of mental health service use over time. The sustained commitment to receipt of mental health services among youth with ADHD is something all behavioral health providers who work with foster care involved youth can benefit from, as well as the youth themselves.
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Mowbray, O., Probert, K., Jaramillo, J., Kothari, B. H., & McBeath, B. (2022). Trajectories of mental health services for youth in foster care with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Children and Youth Services Review, 140, 106599.