Children's and adolescents' use of mental health care is a family matter

Darrell J. Gaskin, Anthony Kouzis, Patrick Richard

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This article discusses the influence of family structure on children's use of mental health services and explores whether a family's dependency on government assistance compensates for the effect of family income on children's use of services. Children in nontraditional families are at greater risk of using mental health services and have more mental health visits. Family participation in government subsidies programs offsets the influence of family income on the use of mental health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-762
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Children's mental health
  • Family structure
  • Parental health
  • Service use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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