Measuring well-being among children and adolescents in the public behavioral health system: Clinicians’ perspectives on current practices

Elizabeth Anthony, Jaime M. Booth

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Abstract

Well-being among children and adolescents in the public behavioral health system is impacted by a range of influences and has the potential to impact assessment and treatment decisions. The current qualitative study explored the perspectives of child/adolescent public behavioral health clinicians. Specifically, the research questions examined 1) how clinicians define and measure child and adolescent well-being in current practice and 2) barriers to the assessment of well-being among children and adolescents in the public behavioral health system. Constant comparative analysis of data from a sample of 21 child/adolescent public behavioral health clinicians suggests 5 themes: Hierarchy of Need; Cultural Relevance; All About Relationships; Subjectivity of Well-Being; and Current Practice: Barriers and Recommendations. Results are discussed in the context of implications for future research to develop and implement child and adolescent well-being measures in public behavioral health settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Measurement
  • Public behavioral health
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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