Lisa Honigfeld Co-authors Article in APA's Families, Systems and Health Journal
CHDI's Lisa Honigfeld co-authored an article in the American Psychological Association's Families, Systems, and Health journal. The article, entitled "Pediatric primary care providers' reported likelihood to refer to mental health specialist," evaluated factors associated with pediatric primary care providers' likelihood to refer hypothetical patients with depression or ADHD to mental health specialists. Results indicated that providers with less confidence in treating mental health concerns were more likely to report intentions to refer patients to a mental health specialist. Additionally providers reported that they would be more likely to refer a patient with depression than with ADHD to a mental health specialist. Training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics was not related to reported likelihood of referring. The findings suggest potential areas for further expanding pediatricians' knowledge and skills in addressing mental health concerns.