Variation of Behavioral Health Care by Behavioral Health Symptom Profile Among a Diverse Group of Pregnant and Parenting Mothers

Nomi S. Weiss-Laxer, Sara B. Johnson, Anne W. Riley

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Abstract

This study examines the association between behavioral health symptoms and use of behavioral health care (BHC; i.e., past year counseling and/or regular use of psychiatric medication) among a diverse group of mothers of toddlers. Data were from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study (N = 4205 mothers). The association between symptom profiles (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and alcohol and drug dependence) and use of BHC was estimated with logistic regression models. Potential moderation by race/ethnicity was examined. Complex symptom profiles, older age, functional limitations, prior behavioral health symptoms, and having Medicaid were associated with increased BHC use. While BHC use varied by symptom profile (but not by race/ethnicity), BHC use was low across profiles. Pregnant women and women of color were most likely to have unmet needs, underscoring the need to improve screening and management systems for these populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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