Mental health in children: deciding what's best, together
Does making decisions in partnership with children and their parents improve child mental health?
1 in 10 children aged 5 to 16 suffer from a mental health disorder. But, troublingly, it's estimated that 70% of these young people have not had the appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
But how do we decide what 'appropriate' services should look like? This is a key focus for the mental health researchers of CPRU.
- We explored whether shared decision-making improved mental health for children
- Higher levels of child and parent shared decision-making were associated with a greater improvement in mental health
- However, this was only the case if both the parent and the child were involved in decisions, and not when it was just the child
This case study is for the Mental Health theme.