What is it about?

Screening children for behavioral problems using a questionnaire is not routinely recommended in the US for children between the ages 3 to 5 years old. We found that children aged 3 to 5 year who were screened for behavioral problems were more likely to be diagnosed and treated for behavioral problems.

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Why is it important?

If we address and treat behavioral problems in early childhood we could help to ameliorate the rise in mental health problems later in childhood and adolescence. We should look into how earlier intervention could help children to better in school as well.

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As a pediatrician, I believe that screening for behavioral problems could help us identify children in need of intervention and decrease the chances of developing more serious mental health problems later in life. My hope is that this article is used to support further research in the field of behavioral problems in early childhood.

Betty Del Rio Rodriguez
Baylor College of Medicine

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This page is a summary of: Screening for behavioural problems in children aged 3 to 5 years, Child Care Health and Development, August 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/cch.13053.
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