Patterns of Care for Rural and Urban Children With Mental Health Problems

Using data on children ages 5-17 from the 2002-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, this study examines two research questions: 1) do patterns of children’s mental health diagnosis and service use (e.g., office visits and psychotropic medications) differ by rural-urban residence? and 2) what is the effect of income and insurance type on use of mental health services?

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Children in Urban and Rural Areas Mental Health

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