Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents

Knowledge Path


This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Resources tap into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature. This knowledge path can be used by health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, educators, and community advocates to learn more about mental health, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate briefs present resources for families and schools. This knowledge path has been compiled by NCEMCH and will be updated periodically.


See the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) policy brief, Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010). This policy brief presents statistics about the extent of child and adolescent mental health challenges in the United States; the difficulties these children confront in school and in child welfare and juvenile justice systems; the barriers that can prevent access to services; and weaknesses in the service-delivery system. The brief recommends policy strategies to enhance mental health for children, adolescents, and families.

Resources for Professionals


Data and Statistics

Journal Articles and Other Literature and Research

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources on Specific Conditions

Special Topics

Early Childhood

Inappropriate Use of Seclusion and Restraints

Juvenile Justice

Military Families

Parental Depression and Other Mental Health Concerns

Related NCEMCH Resources

Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents: Knowledge Path, 3rd ed. (July 2011). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH; Judi Siegel, L.I.C.S.W., Children's Hospital Boston; Sandy Swan, M.L.S., M.P.H., C.H.I.S., Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., NCEMCH.