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Behavioral Health

According to the National Institutes on Mental Health, in 2015 nearly 18 percent of adults in the U.S. faced a mental health problem within a given year, and just over 20 percent of children either currently or at some point during their life have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. The underlying causes are diverse, and can involve biology and/or environmental factors such as poverty, discrimination or neglect, among other things.

The findings in the studies below point to better approaches to behavioral health practice and policy, and are summarized with social work practice in mind.


  1. Long-term behavioral outcomes in sexually abused boys: The influence of family and peer context
  2. Problem drinking and depression in older adults with multiple chronic health conditions
  3. Social Work Case Management: Case Studies from the Frontlines