Children's Health and Well-Being (Chapter 14 in Child Welfare: An Integrative Perspective).
Lewandowski, Cathleen A.
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This chapter examines children’s mental and physical health and approaches used in understanding children’s overall well-being. The prevalence of behavioral and mental health concerns and the conditions that affect children’s physical health are addressed, as well as the use of psychotropic medications and the need for integrated care. Special attention is given to the needs of children in foster care for mental health services and medical care. Finally, the chapter discusses the federal government’s role in measuring and monitoring key indicators of children’s well-being. Discussion questions are included. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
service integration; foster children; child health; well being; drug therapy; mental health services; child health services