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Characteristics and Service Needs of Maltreated Children Referred for Mental Health Services at a Child Advocacy Centre in Canada

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dc.contributor.author Racine, N., Dimitropoulos, G., Hartwick, C., Eirich, R., van Roessel, L., & Madigan, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-30T15:54:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-30T15:54:14Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Racine, N., Dimitropoulos, G., Hartwick, C., Eirich, R., van Roessel, L., & Madigan, S. (2021). Characteristics and Service Needs of Maltreated Children Referred for Mental Health Services at a Child Advocacy Centre in Canada. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 30(2). en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.cacap-acpea.org/wp-content/uploads/Characteristics-and-Service-Needs-of-Maltreated-Children.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/5065
dc.description.abstract There is a dearth of Canadian-based literature on children referred to treatment services following maltreatment exposure. In order to inform assessment, intervention, and program development to improve outcomes, insight into the demographics and mental health needs of this population is required. Methods: A retrospective file review of 176 children and youth who were referred for assessment and treatment at a mental health partner agency within a Canadian Child Advocacy Centre was conducted from January 2016 to June 2017. A standardized protocol was developed to extract data on family and child demographic characteristics, type of maltreatment, other adversity exposure, presenting concerns of the child, and mental health service utilization. Results: The majority of children were female (66.5%), 4.5% were 0 to <5 years, 66.5% were 5 to <13 years, and 29.0% were 13 to <18 years of age. More than half of the children (53.4%) had multiple forms of maltreatment, with 67% exposed to sexual abuse. Exposure to other forms of adversity was also common, including domestic violence (53.4%) and parental mental health difficulties (52.3%). Most children had more than five presenting concerns at the time of referral, and most went on to receive intervention services. Sixty-nine percent of families had not previously received child mental health treatment, although 41.5% had prior child welfare involvement. Thirty percent of families ended treatment prematurely. Conclusions: The current study illustrates the complex profile and mental health needs of children referred for treatment following maltreatment exposure. Results may have implications for clinical care improvement that support maltreated children. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry en_US
dc.subject Children's Advocacy Center en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject treatment en_US
dc.subject assessment en_US
dc.title Characteristics and Service Needs of Maltreated Children Referred for Mental Health Services at a Child Advocacy Centre in Canada en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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