Parental perception of problems and mental health service use for hyperactivity

Sayal, Kapil and Taylor, Eric and Beecham, Jennifer (2003) Parental perception of problems and mental health service use for hyperactivity. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42 (12). pp. 1410-1414. ISSN 0890-8567. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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OBJECTIVE: To examine predictors of parental perception of hyperactivity as a serious problem and its role in determining the use of specialist mental health services. METHOD: A community sample of 5- to 11-year-old children with pervasive hyperactivity (n = 93) was identified. Children whose parents perceived the hyperactivity as a serious problem were compared with those whose parents did not. Predictors of parental perception of problem and the roles of this and child and parent clinical factors in predicting service use were examined. RESULTS: Controlling for child and parental mental health, the strongest predictor of parental perception of problems was the financial impact of the child's behavior on either parent's work (odds ratio [OR] = 17.43; 95% confidence interval [CI] 3.52-86.40). Other effects on the parent's working ability were also important. Parental perception of problems was the strongest predictor of service use (OR = 9.85; 95% CI 1.42-68.50). CONCLUSIONS: The effects of child behavior difficulties on perceptions of caregivers are multidimensional. The impact of hyperactivity on parents' work and family finances is substantial. Mental health service use is increased if these impacts reach the threshold for the parent to perceive the child's behavior as a problem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: parental perception; hyperactivity; service use
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:46
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