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Children's Mental Health Case studies

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CYFC’s online case studies introduce theories, research and practice ideas about children's mental health within the ecological contexts in which children grow and develop.

Children grow within environments that include families, schools, communities and societies, and all are important to mental health and well-being. They also grow up physically, cognitively, and socially in some predictable ways, which helps us understand why certain supports and interventions work well at specific times. And, children encounter all types of adults in their lives, who can help them with specific types of needs. These adults play important roles and can better help children by working closely together.

These case studies are designed to help all of us — not just specific types of clinicians or providers — understand children as they develop mental health needs and/or strengths.

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Available Case studies

Brianna and Tanya: A Case Study About Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health — Explore this case study which focuses on a young African American mother, her daughter from infancy through kindergarten, and the many influences on their lives. It incorporates current research and practice related to infant and early childhood mental health, educational disparities, trauma and toxic stress, financial insecurity, school-based services and intergenerational issues.

About Steven: A Children’s Mental Health Case Study About Depression — Work through this case study which focuses on a young Caucasian family and their son Steven from his infancy through adolescence. Influences of family life, educational experiences, and peers and social life are discussed as they relate to Steven’s development and his changing states of mental health.

Related resources

Children’s Mental Health as a Public Health Issue — The video and discussion questions on this page will help you start conversations, and the issue brief and resource lists will help inform them.

Children’s Mental Health eReview — Our unique online publication reviews research and how it’s used in practice to promote children’s mental health.

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