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School Support Lacking for Emotional, Behavioral Issues, say Parents
Date:1/20/2010

1/3 of parents give primary schools an "A;" less than 1/4 give secondary schools an "A"

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- School psychologists, counselors and social workers are often the first line of support for children with behavioral, emotional or family problems. Problems can range from attention deficit disorder and homelessness to depression and bullying all of which can make academic success a challenge.

The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health asked nearly 1,100 parents across the United States to grade their children's public schools on how well they support children with behavioral, emotional or family problems.

Thirty-seven percent of parents gave primary schools an A for support for children with ADHD and other behavioral problems, and 34 percent gave an A for support for children with emotional or family problems. Twenty-two percent of parents gave secondary schools an A for support for children with behavioral, emotional or family problems.

In contrast, for overall education 52 percent of parents gave primary schools an A and 38 percent of parents gave secondary schools an A.

"According to national estimates, about 20 percent of school-age children need formal mental health services related to conditions like autism, attention-deficit disorder, depression and eating disorders," says Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the poll and associate professor of pediatrics and int
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