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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

African American and Hispanic ParentsÕ Attitudes about ChildrenÕs Mental Health Services in Primary Care Settings

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Session Number: 35 Room: Salon C

Presenting: Jonathan Brown

All Authors for this paper: Jonathan Brown; Ciara Zachary; Lawrence Wissow

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: This research investigated parentsÕ attitudes about the appropriateness of their child receiving mental health services in primary care settings among 773 parents (33.3% African-American, 56.5% Caucasian, 10.1% Hispanic) visiting 54 primary care providers (PCPs). Method: Following the visit, parents reported their attitudes about the appropriateness of receiving mental health services from the PCP. Findings: African American and Hispanic parents believed that treating mental health problems was part of the PCPs' job. Hispanic parents were significantly more willing than Caucasian parents to allow their child to receive medication or counseling for a mental health problem. African American (OR: 2.5, CI: 1.08 Ð 5.81) and Hispanic parents (OR: 3.89, CI: 1.35 Ð 11.24) were more likely to report that they would have liked to discuss a mental health topic with the PCP but did not have the opportunity to do so. Conclusion: Primary care is an excellent point of intervention for minority youth who have mental health needs because minority parents have positive attitudes about mental health services in primary care settings.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Presentation Time: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM