Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Mumbai paper clip: ‘Parents more likely to seek help for mental health problems in male child than female’

A study was carried out by doctors to find out the perception of child mental health problems among parents — and also their help-seeking behaviour— in an urban slum of Mumbai. - 

Mental health problems among children present a health challenge for all societies, which are aggravated by a lack of knowledge about them among parents. A study was carried out by doctors to find out the perception of child mental health problems among parents — and also their help-seeking behaviour— in an urban slum of Mumbai. A random sample of 257 respondents were interviewed for presence of mental health disorders. Parents of 38 children diagnosed with mental health disorders too were interviewed. The study — titled “Study of perception and help-seeking behaviour among parents for their children with psychiatric disorder: a community-based, cross-sectional study” published in the The Journal of Medical Research — says 47.4 per cent of the parents perceived their children to be suffering from some psychiatric disorder. But only 10.5 per cent sought treatment voluntarily before the interview. 

Source : IE