THERE ARE increasing needs from communities to provide psychiatric help for a larger number of child patients,1 but the increase of staff time available at child psychiatric clinics has not kept pace with this demand. In order to provide the service that will better fulfill community needs, research is needed to assess whether the procedures and methods we are using now are of value, and if new methods could be more useful.
The national data reported by Bahn and Norman,2 as well as a demographic study of the state of Maryland,3 show that an average of 0.5% of the total population of children receive psychiatric service in mental health clinics; but this percentage does not include the services given by nonpsychiatric facilities such as school psychology services, family casework agencies, etc. Even if the services mentioned were doubled, enabling 1% of
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