A survey on mental health of children whose parents have psychiatric disorders

Poster B122, Friday, October 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Su Mi Park1,2, Yeni Kim3, Young-Hui Yang4, Ji Yeuon Lee5, Hee-Yeon Jung1,2,6; 1Department of Psychiatry, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2Department of Clinical Medical Sciences, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, 3Department of Adolescent Psychiatry, Seoul National Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 4Department of child and adolescent psychiatry, National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 5Dongjak-gu Community Mental Health Center, Seoul, Korea, 6Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

This study aimed to understand mental health of children of psychiatric patients. Forty-eight children, age from 9 to 18, whose parents are registered in community mental health centers were recruited in Seoul. We administered age-matched protocol as 3 domains as following: 1) cognition: Korean version of Learning Disability Evaluation Scale (K-LDES), Comprehensive Attention Test (CAT) 2) emotion and behavior – parent report: Korean Children’s’ Behavior Checklist (K-CBCL), Korean ADHD Rating Scale (K-ARS) 3) emotion and behavior – Self report: Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) or Children Depression Inventory-II (CDI-II), Youth Self Report (YSR). For demographic data, sex consists of 24 male (50.0%) there were 18 elementary school (37.5%), 21 middle school (47.4), and 4 (8.3%) high school students. For parent's psychiatric diagnosis, depression were 31(64.6%), and schizophrenia were 11 (22.9%), bipolar disorder 3 (6.3%) and so on. We defined high risk at mental health as those’ scores were over cut-off levels at least in 2 of 3 domains. As a result, 12 (25%) children were classified as high risk. Children who have scores over cut-off level in one domain were also 20 (41.6%). For each test, 23.1% were met cut-off score for CAT attention task; 23.4% for K-ARS suggesting ADHD, 17.4% for BDI-II / 28.0% for CDI-II depression scale, 45.9% (problem behavior) / 25.0% (adaptation) for CBCL, and 22.2% (problem behavior) / 33.3% (adaptation) for YSR. Our results suggest that children of psychiatric patients might be vulnerable to mental illness as well and need early prevention or intervention for mental health.

Topic Area: Psychosocial Interventions

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