alexa Parental beliefs about the causes of child problems: exploring racial ethnic patterns.


Journal of General Practice

Author(s): Yeh M, Hough RL, McCabe K, Lau A, Garland A

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine racial/ethnic patterns of parental beliefs about etiological explanations for youth problems. METHOD: The parents of 1338 youths with identified mental health problems were asked about their beliefs about the causes for their children's problems from a questionnaire with 11 etiological categories. RESULTS: Parents of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and Latino youths were generally less likely than parents of non-Hispanic whites to endorse etiologies consistent with biopsychosocial beliefs about mental illness. Some racial/ethnic differences were evident for sociological causes, but none existed for spiritual or nature disharmony etiologies. Analyses controlling for factors including child symptomatology produced fewer significant racial/ethnic differences but a similar pattern of results. CONCLUSIONS: Racial/ethnic differences in parental beliefs about the causes of child problems exist in an at-risk sample, and implications for the help-seeking, utilization, and effectiveness of biopsychosocially oriented mental health services for diverse populations are discussed. This article was published in J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry and referenced in Journal of General Practice

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