Mental health referral: A weak link in comprehensive care of children with chronic physical illness

Barbara Sabbeth, Ruth E.K. Stein

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Although children with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for mental health problems, they and their families receive few mental health services. For a number of reasons, it is unusually difficult to refer these youngsters to traditional mental health resources and this may contribute to the paucity of services that they receive. Significant barriers to referral are contributed by each participant in the process: Families, medical staff, and mental health providers. Alternative approaches to the delivery of services to this high-risk population are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1990



  • Child care
  • Chronic illness
  • Health care delivery
  • Mental health
  • Referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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