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Project to Learn About Youth-Colorado


Prevalence, Treated Prevalence and Co-Occurrence of Internalizing, Externalizing, and Tic Disorders in Colorado School-Aged Youth
Rates of developmental disorders have increased over the past ten years, with much of the increase related to the reported growth in disorders like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010) and autism (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).  Less is known about the epidemiology of other internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders or about the factors that relate to geographic patterns in the prevalence of these disorders across the country. Understanding the current epidemiology of childhood mental health disorders is critical to providing youth with needed mental health services and to developing public health strategies focused on preventing later problems in adulthood (Kessler et al., 2008).
Specific Aims
The specific aims of this study are to adapt and test an existing two-stage methodology to assess the prevalence, treated prevalence, and co-occurrence of internalizing, externalizing, and tic disorders in Colorado school-aged youth (ages 5-17 years).  In the first stage, teachers screen students.  In the second stage, parents complete a diagnostic interview for a subsample of this population of students.
Funding Source
This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a sub-contract through the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Disability Research and Dissemination Center, for two years beginning October 2013.
Contact Person:
Lorraine F. Kubicek, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV-R/F)
JFK Partners
13121 East 17th Avenue, C234
Aurora, CO 80045