Assessing the mental health needs of young people living in state care using the strengths and difficulties questionnaires

Patrick McCrystal, Kareena McAloney

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Abstract

Young people living in the state care system are often reported to experience poorer levels of mental health and wellbeing. Government policy encourages a holistic approach to the assessment of all aspects of health and wellbeing of these young people. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), a mental health screener for young people aged four to 16 years, was administered to a number of young people living in state care and a sample not living in state care as part of the Youth Development Study being undertaken at Queens University Belfast.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-226
Number of pages12
JournalChild Care in Practice
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date22 Jul 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • mental health
  • state care
  • young people

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