A Comparison of Child Mental Health Systems in France and the United States

ISSN: 2210-6774 (Online)
ISSN: 2210-6766 (Print)

Volume 6, 4 Issues, 2016

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Adolescent Psychiatry

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Lois T. Flaherty
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A Comparison of Child Mental Health Systems in France and the United States

Adolescent Psychiatry, 3(1): 5-10.

Author(s): Cecile Delamare and Patricia Ibeziako.

Affiliation: Saint-Etienne University Hospital, Hopital Nord, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 42055 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2, France.


Background and objectives: Economic conditions, policies, family environment and cultural models of parenting all impact a child’s well- being and development. Differing theoretical orientations in mental health between countries govern the respective under standing, assessment, and treatment of children and their families. Method: This paper provides an overview and critical examination of child mental health care systems in North America and Europe using the United States (US) and France as comparisons. Results: France has a national policy of universal access to health care; in the US access is determined largely by insurance companies and varies from state to state. Conclusions: By examining the similarities and differences between health care systems, mental health providers, training, diagnosis and treatment approaches in this cross-national comparison, much can be learned about developing effective practices to improve health care delivery worldwide.


Cross-cultural comparisons, France, USA, children, adolescents, mental health.

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Article Details

Volume: 3
Issue Number: 1
First Page: 5
Last Page: 10
Page Count: 6
DOI: 10.2174/2210676611303010002

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