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BHS Child Version Validation

Validation Plan

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500 Participants

With the help of 14 SAP agencies across 11 counties, we collected data on 500 children ages 6-14. ​


Parent Report

Parents answered questions about their child using both the Child Version of the BHS and the validation battery.


Validation Measures

Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS); Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ); EAT 26; Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory – Progress Monitor (CASI-PM); and PTSD Checklist (PCL-PR), ASQ.

Participating Counties

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Mental Health Risk Factors

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Current Suicidal Ideation

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History of Suicidal Ideation

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Moderate to Severe Depression

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School Performance

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73% of parents have recieved calls about their child's behavior

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27% of children  use special resources for emotional, behavioral, or academic issues

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45% of children participate in extracurricular activities

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Friends & Bullying

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Report their child has at least one good friend

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Report they are comfortable with their child's selection of friends

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Report their child is sometimes or often bullied

Child Trauma Exposure

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Report their child has been physically hurt 

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Report their child has been sexually touched

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Report their child has had a physical fight with someone other than their parent/guardian

Exposure to Violence

19% had seen or heard violence in their home

31% had seen or heard violence in their neighborhood 

Child Safety

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100% of children  wore seat belts or used a car seat when in the car

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75% of children  wore a helmet when biking

Substance Use

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Report someone at home with substance use problems

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Report their child has used tobacco

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Report their child has used marijuana 

Child Safety

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1% of parents report their  child could obtain a gun within a day

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17.5% of parents surveyed have a gun at home

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