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Child Welfare. 2012;91(2):77-94.

Understanding the use of psychotropic medications in the child welfare system: causes, consequences, and proposed solutions.

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American Board of Psychology and Neurology, Program in Public Health, Michigan State University, USA.


Recent studies have highlighted the progressively increasing number of children prescribed psychotropic medication, while findings have illustrated significantly greater usage among child welfare-involved children. These findings have raised serious concerns among mental health and child welfare professionals as well as the general public. To address this issue, the authors explore the factors that may contribute to the higher incidence of psychotropic medication usage among child welfare-involved children and the unintended negative consequences for these children and the public health system. They propose methods to effectively address this problem.

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