Epidemiological Research on Children Mental Health in Latin-America: Advances, Challenges and New Perspectives
Child mental health is an underrepresented topic in research and policy, yet prevalence of developmental issues is estimated to be between 12-38%. Some Latin American children have disproportionately high exposure to risk factors that increase vulnerability to mental health conditions such as poverty, violence and low health care access. Quality epidemiological research in this area can help improve the social and economic development of the region. This symposium will discuss advances, challenges, and approaches in methodology and analysis of child mental health epidemiology in Latin America. Topics include detection and prevalence of autism in Mexico, access to mental health care among children and adolescents in Peru, and the effects of violence on child mental health in Colombia. The panel highlights a growing body of child mental health epidemiology in Latin America, as well as the need for additional research strategies to improve our understanding of mental health in the America.
Eric Fombonne, Oregon Health & Science University
July Caballero Peralta, Peruvian National Institute of Mental Health
Alexandra Restrepo, University of Antioquia
Ezra Susser, Columbia University