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Promote Children's Social, Emotional, Behavioral Health

In order for children to meet developmental milestones, learn, grow and lead productive lives, it is critical that they be healthy. Good social-emotional and mental health is a key component of children's health and healthy development. National data document children experience a significant range of mental, social, emotional and behavioral health conditions, and most of their problems are amenable to intervention. State policymakers can contribute to the social, emotional and behavioral health of children through strategies that promote awareness and work to identify and treat the needs of children and their families.

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Most Teens with Eating Disorders Go Without Treatment

About 3 percent of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder, but most do not receive treatment for their specific eating condition.

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In instituting an effective continuum of care, it is important to distinguish between children who are at risk because of known adverse events (child abuse, parental divorce or homelessness, for example) or environments (such as extreme poverty or maternal depression) and children with social, emotional and behavioral issues related to diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, whose origin is not known.