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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2015 Jan;42(1):111-20. doi: 10.1007/s10488-014-0550-8.

Neighborhood sociodemographic predictors of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) in schools: demonstrating a small area estimation method in the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS-A) Adolescent Supplement.

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School of Education, Boston University, Two Silber Way, Boston, MA, 02215, USA, jggreen@bu.edu.

Abstract

We evaluate the precision of a model estimating school prevalence of SED using a small area estimation method based on readily-available predictors from area-level census block data and school principal questionnaires. Adolescents at 314 schools participated in the National Comorbidity Supplement, a national survey of DSM-IV disorders among adolescents. A multilevel model indicated that predictors accounted for under half of the variance in school-level SED and even less when considering block-group predictors or principal report alone. While Census measures and principal questionnaires are significant predictors of individual-level SED, associations are too weak to generate precise school-level predictions of SED prevalence.

PMID:
24740174
PMCID:
PMC4201632
DOI:
10.1007/s10488-014-0550-8
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