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Person prescribing for emotional/behavioral problems: Mental health professional

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For sample children age 4 to 17 who had been prescribed medication for difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others in the past 6 months, DIFRXMHPROF indicates whether the medication was first prescribed by a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional.

DIFRXMHPROF is part of a series of variables initiated in 2010 child mental health service supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2010-2013: Sample children age 4 to 17 who were prescribed medication in the past 6 months by someone other than a pediatrician or other family doctor.


  • 2010-2013