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The Impact of Children's Severe Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties

8/18/2005:   Nearly 2.7 million school-aged children in the United States have severe emotional or behavioral difficulties. A new report from the Division of Health Interview Statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics describes the socio-demographic characteristics, mental health service use, and impact of emotional and behavioral difficulties on children. The findings use data from the 2001, 2002, and 2002 National Health Interview Surveys and are based on parent reports.

Findings include:
  • Parents reported more than half of the children who had emotional or behavioral difficulties found having the difficulties upsetting or distressing.

  • According to parents, children's emotional or behavioral difficulties affected the home life of 85% of these children.

  • Approximately three-quarters of children with emotional or behavioral difficulties had their friendships or ability to learn affected by these difficulties. Another 38% had their leisure time activities affected as well.



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