Children 's Mental Health Problems

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Introduction Externalizing behavior issues make up about half of children’s mental health problems. External behavior problems are defined as delinquency and aggression. If externalizing behavior is not addressed from an earlier age, it can begin to worsen. The child may develop Conduct Disorders and also negatively affect their adult life (adult criminality and substance abuse). Treatment is imperative for these children as they are extremely malleable and positive intervention can only help them in the future. Another important aspect to note is parental characteristics and involvement. Children do not develop externalizing behavior isolated. Parents play an immense role in their child’s emotional, behavioral and social functioning.…show more content…
It is noted that all children have different characteristics and this may be a contributing factor to why they did not improve in the same manor, however, this treatment was also focused on the parents. There is immense variability in parents that effect how their child is being shaped. This study focused on maternal depression and its role in treatment as studies have suggested that when maternal depression diminishes children’s behavior problems decrease as well. The main question researchers were focused on is what is the relationship between maternal depression and treatment outcomes for externalizing children? For this study externalizing children received CBT and mothers received PMT. There were to major objectives. The first objective was to see if starting levels (pre-treatment) of maternal depression predict treatment outcomes. The second objective was to look at the relationship between changes in maternal depression and changes in children’s external behavior problems. Because this was a two-part treatment for mother and child, there were also two hypotheses. Researcher’s first hypothesis was, PMT would be less effective on children with depressed mothers than on children of non-depressed mothers. The second hypothesis is, for mothers whose depression improved after treatment, their children would show a significantly larger
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