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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample

From: Parent-perceived barriers to accessing services for their child’s mental health problems

  Study sample (N = 244) Non-participating referrals (N = 741) P-value
Child
Age, median (IQR) 12.8 (9.8–14.6) 13.5a (9.8–15.8)
Boys, n (%) 148 (60.7) 403 (54.4) 0.09
Lives with both parents, n (%) 138 (56.6)
Placed outside the home, n (%) 21 (8.6) 55 (7.4) 0.58
Placed in special education program, n (%) 43 (17.6)
Born in Denmark, n (%)* 229 (97.0)
 ≥ 1 parent has ≥ 3 years of higher education, n (%) * 126 (53.4)
Both parent in regular employment, n (%)* 123 (52.1)
Psychiatric history
Parent reported duration of mental health problems in the child, median years (IQR) 5.6 (3.1–9.0)
Previously assessed for a mental health disorder 87 (35.7) 290 (39.1) 0.36
Referral
Referral diagnosis**, n (%)
Neurodevelopmental disorders 146 (59.8) 420 (56.7) 0.41
Emotional disorders 74 (30.3) 193 (26.1) 0.21
Other 32 (13.1) 170 (17.2) 0.12
Referral source, n (%)
General practitioner 122 (50.0) 421 (56.6) 0.06
Educational psychologist 82 (33.6) 197 (28.2) 0.04
Other*** 40 (16.4) 128 (17.3) 1.00
Symptom severity (SDQ)
Total SDQ problem score, n (% above the norm)* 205 (86.9)
SDQ impairment score, n (% above the norm)* 202 (85.6)
  1. aFor age, it was not possible to separate the study sample from non-participating referrals. Median age indicated is for all eligible referrals in the study period (N = 985)
  2. *236 completed the questionnaire with background information and the SDQ
  3. **Total N > 244 due to co-morbidity. 8 with both neurodevelopmental and emotional disorder as referral reason
  4. ***Other: Pediatrician, social services or other mental health services