Federal health officials have found that mental health problems affect one in seven American children under the age of 9. These include behavioral and developmental issues.
The data was supplied by the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. Researchers looked for data on speech and language problems, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, and anxiety.
“Based on the number of kids affected, this is something we need to pay attention to,” said lead researcher Jennifer Kaminski, team leader for child development studies at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Possible causes included the finding that young children who had mental, developmental or behavioral disorders were less likely to have medical care that was effective as being responsive to family needs and continuous, as well as culturally effective. Parent mental health and child care problems were also associated with the occurrence of the disorders.