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A Survey for Mental Health of Children Whose Parents Have Psychiatric Disorders: A Preliminary Study for Mental Health Screening of High Risk Children
J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2017;28(4):235-243
Published online October 1, 2017
© 2017 Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Hwo Yeon Seo1, Su Mi Park2,3, Yeni Kim4, Young Hui Yang4, Ji Yeuon Lee5, Hae Woo Lee6, and Hee Yeon Jung2,3,7,8

1Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Psychiatry, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
3Department of Clinical Medical Sciences, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
4Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Center for Mental Health, Seoul, Korea
5Dongjak-gu Community Mental Welfare Center, Seoul, Korea
6Department of Psychiatry, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
7Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
8Institute of Human Behavioral Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Hee Yeon Jung, Department of Psychiatry, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, 20 Boramae-ro 5-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 07061, Korea
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Received April 17, 2017; Revised July 13, 2017; Accepted August 1, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the mental health status of the children of psychiatric patients in order to plan for the resources that may be necessary to help these children achieve their full potential.
Methods: Forty-eight children (age 9–18) whose parents were registered in 5 community mental health centers located in Seoul were recruited. Tests assessing 3 psychological domains were conducted: 1) cognition: Korean version of Learning Disability Evaluation Scale, Comprehensive Attention Test, 2) parent reported emotion and behavior: Korean Child Behavior Checklist, Korean attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Rating Scale, and 3) self-reported emotion and behavior: Korean Beck’s Depression Inventory-II/Children’s Depression Inventory-II, Korean Youth Self Report). We defined the children as having a high risk of developing mental health problems if their test scores were over the cut-off levels in 2 or more of the 3 domains assessed.
Results: Twelve (25%) children were classified as having a high risk of developing mental health issues. 20 (41.6%) children scored above the cut-off in only one of the domains.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that the children of psychiatric patients might be vulnerable to mental illness and need early prevention or interven-tions for the sake of their mental health.
Keywords : Mental health; High risk; Screening.

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