School-based mental health services for children living in high poverty urban communities

Marc S. Atkins, Stacy L. Frazier, Dina Birman, Jaleel Abdul Adil, Maudette Jackson, Patricia A. Graczyk, Elizabeth Talbott, A. David Farmer, Carl C. Bell, Mary M. McKay

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Abstract

Studied the effectiveness of a school-based mental health service model, PALS (Positive Attitudes toward Learning in School), focused on increasing initial and ongoing access to services, and promoting improved classroom and home behavior for children referred for Disruptive Behavior Disorder (DBD) from three high poverty urban elementary schools. Classrooms were randomly assigned to PALS or referral to a neighborhood mental health clinic, with children identified by teacher referral and follow-up parent andeher ratings. Results indicated significant service engagement and retention for PALS (n = 60) versus families referred to clinic (n = 30), with over 80% of PALS families retained in services for 12 months. PALS services were correlated with positive changes in children's behavior as rated by parents, and with improvements in children's academic performance as rated by teachers. Implications for the design and delivery of mental health services for children and families living in high-poverty urban communities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-159
Number of pages14
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Health Services
Poverty
Learning
Child Behavior
Referral and Consultation
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Mental Health
Parents

Keywords

  • Children
  • Disruptive behavior disorder
  • Poverty
  • Schools
  • Urban communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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School-based mental health services for children living in high poverty urban communities. / Atkins, Marc S.; Frazier, Stacy L.; Birman, Dina; Adil, Jaleel Abdul; Jackson, Maudette; Graczyk, Patricia A.; Talbott, Elizabeth; Farmer, A. David; Bell, Carl C.; McKay, Mary M.

In: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Vol. 33, No. 2, 03.2006, p. 146-159.

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Atkins, MS, Frazier, SL, Birman, D, Adil, JA, Jackson, M, Graczyk, PA, Talbott, E, Farmer, AD, Bell, CC & McKay, MM 2006, 'School-based mental health services for children living in high poverty urban communities', Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 146-159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-006-0031-9
Atkins, Marc S. ; Frazier, Stacy L. ; Birman, Dina ; Adil, Jaleel Abdul ; Jackson, Maudette ; Graczyk, Patricia A. ; Talbott, Elizabeth ; Farmer, A. David ; Bell, Carl C. ; McKay, Mary M. / School-based mental health services for children living in high poverty urban communities. In: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2006 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 146-159.
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