CalYOUTH Brief Finds Higher Rates of Psych Med Use among LGBTQ Youth

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has released a new issue brief from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood (CalYOUTH) Study, “The Use of Psychotropic Medications over Time among Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.”

According to the study, sexual minority youth were more likely than heterosexual youth to screen positive for a behavioral health disorder at age 17 (66% vs. 44%) and age 19 (40% vs. 23%), more likely to receive psychotropic medications at age 17 (37% vs. 23%) and age 19 (22% vs. 13%), and more likely to receive counseling at age 17 (67% vs. 48%) and age 19 (35% vs. 24%).

Females were more likely than males to screen positive for a behavioral health problem (53% vs. 41%), and to receive mental health counseling (59% vs. 45%) at age 17. The data also uncovered that the vast majority of youth using psychotropic medications also received counseling services at both ages (84% at age 17 and 80% at age 19).

In addition to overall prevalence rates, the brief examines specific mental health and substance use problems and how the prevalence rates changed from age 17 to 19, the proportion of youth who used medication among those with a behavioral health problem, and youths’ perceptions of psychotropic medication use. To read the issue brief, follow this LINK.

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