Child Mental Health Treatment Term Paper

Child Mental Health Treatment
A discussion of the barriers children with emotional and behavior problems have to overcome to receive help from social services.
# 117500 | 1,680 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper explores the internal barriers to receiving help from social services faced by children, which include the fear of the stigma that receiving mental health help might cause for children, the fear of the families of losing control over a private issue and the fear of the families of losing custody of their children. The paper also explores the external barriers to receiving help that include issues in the delivery of services, the lack of resources and issues with federal and state policies. The paper suggests possible solutions and comes to the conclusion that integration, collaboration, early screening and intervention strategies, education, and re-evaluation of state and federal funding can all assist in overcoming these barriers.

Internal Barriers to Service
External barriers to Service
Possible Solutions

From the Paper:

"Children with emotional and behavioral problems may lack understanding as to what mental health help means. Talking with an adult who is not a family member about personal problems may cause fear based out of mistrust. They may also fear what the results of their talking to someone about what they are feeling and thinking may cause. Children may also be afraid of how their peers may view them if they find out that they are talking with a mental health professional. The fear of being labeled as "crazy", "ill" or "mentally handicapped" in any way may cause them not to seek help."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BMA Board of Science, Initials. (2006). Child and adolescent mental health: A guide for healthcare professionals. 1-66.
  • Hogan, M.F. (2002). The Barriers: Why is it so difficult for children to get mental health screens and assessments. New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 1-5.
  • University of Washington Human Services Policy Center, Initials. (2000). Emotional and behavior problems of our children: Early identification, intervention and policy implications.1-9.

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