Mental health issues in children and adolescents with chronic illness

Alan M. Delamater, Adriana Guzman, Katherine Aparicio

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to consider mental health issues in children and adolescents with chronic illness or health conditions, including their treatment, and issues related to delivery of services. Design/methodology/approach: A selective review of the literature was conducted to highlight significant mental health issues and their treatment in youth with various types of chronic illness. Findings: A significant portion of youth experience mental health problems related to their chronic health conditions. While evidence-based treatments are available to address these problems, significant barriers exist that impede the delivery of psychological and behavioral interventions for many youth. Research limitations/implications: More controlled studies are needed to demonstrate the effectiveness and cost offset of delivering psychological and behavioral interventions for the population of youth with various types of chronic health conditions, particularly in clinical and community settings. Social implications: Policy reform can ensure that mental health issues are effectively addressed for children with chronic illness. Policy is needed that promotes integrated health care, whereby psychological and behavioral interventions are delivered in health care settings along with medical interventions to reduce barriers to care. Originality/value: Significant numbers of children and adolescents have chronic health conditions and many experience mental health problems related to their conditions. While evidence-based treatments are available to address these problems, significant barriers impede the delivery of psychological and behavioral interventions for many youth. Health care policy promoting integrated health care to deliver psychological and behavioral interventions in health care settings along with medical interventions should reduce barriers to care and improve both physical and mental health outcomes for youth.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages163-173
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Behavioural intervention
  • Chronic illness
  • Health care
  • Mental health
  • Psychological treatment

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  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Health Policy
  • Social Psychology

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Mental health issues in children and adolescents with chronic illness. / Delamater, Alan M.; Guzman, Adriana; Aparicio, Katherine.

In: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2017, p. 163-173.

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