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Monday, October 8 • 1:05pm - 1:25pm
Symposium 1, Talk 1. "Young adult outcomes for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders with impairment by the age of 16 years"

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Sloan Huckabee1, William E Copeland2, Maryann Davis3; 1Transitions to Adulthood Research Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, 3Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The poor post-secondary outcomes reported for students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBDs) have included high rates of school dropout and low rates of participation in post-secondary education and post-school employment. While some studies have used longitudinal datasets to examine this group’s outcomes in youth, several questions remain. To address these, we analyzed a subset of data (collected at the 26-year mark) from the Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth (GSMS). GSMS is an ongoing longitudinal epidemiological study of the development, need for, and use of mental health services in children in North Carolina. We calculated the sociodemographic characteristics of youths without psychiatric disorders who had emotional disturbances, behavioral disturbances, or both emotional and behavioral disturbances. We also examined the young adult outcomes of individuals identified with psychiatric disorders by age 16. The subgroup identified as having EBDs by age 16 (27.5% of GSMS participants) was broken down by type of disorder. In line with previous studies, more males than females had EBDs by 16. Low socioeconomic status, having a step parent, coming from a single-parent family and spending time in foster care were significantly related to EBD occurrence, with the latter two being particularly strong influences. There were statistically significant differences between youths with and without EBDs by age 16 in high school completion rates, working less than part-time hours, not contributing to rent and being poor at age 26. We also noted sociodemographic and outcome differences based on disorder types. These observations and their implications will be discussed.


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Sloon Huckabee

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Monday October 8, 2018 1:05pm - 1:25pm EDT
American Ballroom-North

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