Soc Sci Med 2021 May 7;279:113972. Epub 2021 May 7.
University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Ibadan, Nigeria; University College Hospital, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Objective: If child and adolescent psychiatric (CAP) services were accessible in lower-middle-income countries (LMIC) such as Nigeria, what individual and socio-cultural factors would influence caregivers' willingness to use these services when they are needed?
Methods: To address this question, we conducted structured interviews with a stratified random sampling of 442 adult caregivers of children aged 5 to 19-years who lived within 10 km of an established CAP outpatient service in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Results: Based on structural equation modeling, our cross-sectional findings indicated that caregivers were generally willing to use the accessible outpatient CAP service for a narrow range of overtly disruptive and developmentally atypical child behavior. However, their decisions were not influenced by their recognition of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) conditions, competing life stressors, caregiver wellness, nor stigma as we had initially hypothesized. Read More