Researchers from the TeenScreen program at Columbia University in New York and York University in Toronto said that 45 percent of African-American students were identified by screening tests as being at risk, compared to 33 percent of white students. The study was published online in the Community Mental Health Journal.
When referred to services, both racial groups used community serves at equal rates. However, the African-American students were more likely (93 percent) to use school-based services than whites (76 percent).
Many mental disorders make their first appearance by age 14, and early screening and access to treatment may help minimize their severity. For more about the availability of mental health care for children and adolescents, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/8/25.full