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April 1983

Characteristics of Children Admitted to Inpatient Community Mental Health Center

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri—Columbia School of Medicine (Dr Kashani), Childrens and Adolescents Services, MidMissouri Mental Health Center, Columbia (Dr Kashani), and the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA (Dr Cantwell).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(4):397-400. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790040051007

• Comparison of 100 children, aged 7 to 12 years, admitted to an inpatient service of a community mental health center (CMHC) with a matched control group of 100 children from the outpatient department of the same CMHC showed that a combination of several factors (rather than a single factor) led to inpatient admission. These factors included differences in Initial symptoms, diagnosis in DSM-III, axes I, II, and III, and family factors.